LOS ANGELES (AP) — The way the Portland Trail Blazers kept fouling DeAndre Jordan down the stretch in a feeble attempt to rally from a double-digit deficit was enough to turn anyone’s stomach — Damian Lillard notwithstanding.
Portland sent Jordan to the free throw line nine times in the final 3:51, and the Clippers’ center missed 10 of 18. But it didn’t help the cold-shooting Blazers, who finished at 37.9 percent as Los Angeles beat them 102-87 on Monday night.
Jordan had a season-high 24 rebounds to go with 18 points, and Blake Griffin scored 23 to help the Clippers win their third in a row. The 34 free throw attempts by Jordan was a Clippers record.
“That just means more practice,” he said. “It gets boring. And it makes me miss my reservations after the game. But other than that, it’s the same.”
Lillard, who leads Portland with a 25.4 scoring average, left the game because of abdominal pain with 10:13 remaining in the third quarter and the Blazers trailing 53-51. He finished with seven points and no assists in 17 minutes.
“I’m pretty sure it was something I ate,” said Lillard, who had an omelet at the…