LOS ANGELES — Kawhi Leonard scored 28 points on his return from a two-game absence, Paul George added 23 points and The Los Angeles Clippers sped past Portland Trail Blazers 128-105 on Wednesday night / p>

It was the Clippers’ second straight win to close the year they defeated Minnesota by 23 points the night before after recovering from an ugly 51-point loss to Dallas last weekend

Leonard wore a clear plastic mask that was held around his head by two white straps to protect his mouth There he had eight stitches after being flexed by his teammate Serge Ibaka a week ago. He started slowly, scoring 12 points in the first half when the Clippers shot 58% off the ground

Leonard and George shot to start the second half. Together they scored the Clippers’ first nine points, extending their lead to 85-57

George had 10 rebounds while he and Leonard each had seven assists Six Clippers hit double digits Lou Williams added 15 points from the bench

“Guys play hard, we’re locked up,” Williams said. “We know we have a lot of people who are capable We play with confidence ”

CJ McCollum scored 25 points and made seven 3-point points to lead the Blazers, whose streak ended in two games Damian Lillard made 14 of 15 free throws and finished with 20 points after missing 11 of 14 shots from the field He was 0 of 8 from the 3-point range

“They just lost 50 points so they got locked up,” Lillard said of the Clippers. “We missed open shots and allowed them to get a clean look because we were late and not on the defensive were so active ”

The Blazers only performed three times and never by more than three points. They lived on the line and made 29 of 34 free throws. Carmelo Anthony made 9 of 10 fouls and scored 15 points

Portland never had a huge hit in the second half when it fell behind by 30

“When you go down in the league, it’s hard to come back, especially against talented teams,” said McCollum

The Clippers led in the second quarter by 21 Leonard scored six points in an 18-7 run that was limited to 67-46 by his three-point game. Lillard and McCollum together scored the Blazer’s last 15 points and pulled they at halftime on 76-57

Trail Blazer: G Gary Trent Jr After scooping 28 points off the bench against the Lakers on Sunday, he sat down with strain on his right calf The Blazers have been in town since the weekend and practiced at the Clippers facility on Tuesday due to strict restrictions in COVID -19 in Los Angeles County, the team cannot meet or eat as a group at their hotel “I like to go for a walk,” said coach Terry Stotts. “I like to leave the hotel”

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Trail Blazer vs. Clippers

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