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NBA: Los Angeles Clippers 93, Portland 77

April 17, 2013 at 1:41 AM   |   Comments

LOS ANGELES, April 17 (UPI) -- Caron Butler scored 22 points Tuesday and Blake Griffin added 16 in the Los Angeles Clippers' 93-77 win over the visiting Portland Trail Blazers.

The win guaranteed the Pacific Division champion Clippers the fourth seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

Butler hit 4-of-7 attempts from 3-point range and Chris Paul added eight points and 11 assists in the victory.

Will Barton led Portland with 17 points and Joel Freeland came off the bench to score 13. The Blazers fell for the 12th consecutive game.

Los Angeles shot 46.8 percent from the field to Portland's 41.1 percent and led 54-37 at halftime after the Blazers scored just 13 points in the second quarter.

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