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Blazers' losing streak hits 12 games

LOS ANGELES — The bleeding continued for the Trail Blazers at Staples Center Tuesday night with the Los Angeles Clippers’ 93-77 victory over the hometown quintet.

It was the 12th straight loss for Portland (33-48), which ends its season Wednesday night against Golden State at the Rose Garden.

Caron Butler scored 22 points for the Clippers (55-26), who won their fifth consecutive game.

Will Barton tallied 17 points to go with six rebounds, five assists and three steals for the Blazers, who went without three injured starters — forwards LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum and guard Wesley Matthews. Coach Terry Stotts started four rookies — Barton, Damian Lillard, Victor Claver and Meyers Leonard.

The Blazers were in the game for a quarter. The Clippers led 28-24 at the end of the first period. It was 30-29 early in the second quarter when the Clippers went on a 15-0 run for a 45-29 advantage, and the rout was on.

Lillard, who finished with 12 points on 4-for-12 shooting, made a pair of 3-pointers to set a franchise single-season record. His total is now 183, besting Damon Stoudamire’s previous standard of 181 set in 2004-05.