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Winterhawks took Game 1

  • 24 Jul
    Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork. [b]John Stockton Jersey[/b] .com) - Blake Griffin had 24 points with six rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Clippers in a 123-84 beating of the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night. Griffin was named an All-Star Game starter prior to the game. I dont take it for granted. Im thankful for the fans votes, Griffin said. All-Star Weekend is for the fans and I try to put on a show. DeAndre Jordan finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Chris Paul deposited a season-high 17 assists in the Clippers third straight win. Mason Plumlee led the Nets with 16 points and Darius Morris added 11 points off the bench for Brooklyn, which has dropped nine of its last 11 games. Jarrett Jack made a 3-pointer just past the midway point of the first quarter to put the Nets up 17-14. That would be the last advantage they would see for the rest of the evening. Griffin then supplied seven points during a 20-6 run over the final five-plus minutes of the quarter and the Clippers led 34-23 entering the second. Everyone played well and our starters set the tone, Clippers coach Doc Rivers. Our ball movement in thee first half was fantastic. (The Nets) played last night and we jumped on them early. Los Angeles would continue to pour it on, using both strong defense and efficient offense to turn the game into a rout by halftime. Paul and Matt Barnes hit consecutive 3-pointers to stretch the Clippers lead to 61-30 with just over three minutes left in the second. Brooklyn was held to 6-of-21 (28.6 percent) shooting in the second, including 1-of-7 from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, Los Angeles made over 70 percent of its shots in the frame and took a commanding 70-37 margin into the break. Griffin had 22 points, Jordan posted 12 points with 11 rebounds and Paul dished out 12 assists in the dominant first half. The Clippers led by as many as 46 in the second half and sent the reserves out in the fourth to close out the lopsided victory. Glad its over, Nets coach Lionel Hollins said. We have to compete and play together. Give them some credit for some of our problems. Game Notes Nets forward Mirza Teletovic was taken to a local Los Angeles hospital at halftime with an undisclosed illness ... Jerome Jordan checked in off the Nets bench with 11 points and 11 rebounds ... J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford each netted 17 points in the win ... LA has won four straight and 10 of its last 11 against Brooklyn at Staples Center ... Brooklyn wraps up its three-game road trip at Utah on Saturday. [b]Dante Exum Jazz Jersey[/b] . The $145.7-million Tim Hortons Field was slated to open this month, a year before it was to host all 32 mens and womens soccer competitions. The delay has forced the Hamilton Tiger-Cats football team to use a smaller facility for the first two home games of the season. [b]Custom Utah Jazz Jerseys[/b] . Edmonton opened the season with 14 straight victories before falling Friday night 10-8 to the host Colorado Mammoth in National Lacrosse League action.PORTLAND, Ore. - Paul Bittner scored two goals and Nicolas Petan added three assists as the Portland Winterhawks took Game 1 of the Western Hockey League final with a 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oil Kings. Keegan Iverson, Chase De Leo and Mathew Dumba also scored for Portland while Goaltender Corbin Boes made 31 saves for the win. Brett Pollock and Henrik Samuelsson supplied the goals for the Oil Kings as Tristan Jarry stopped 31 shots in a losing effort. Edmonton earned three power plays in the first period to Portlands none, but it was the Winterhawks who got off to a fast start. Iverson scored 2:20 into the first period to put Portland up 1-0, a score that held until the Winterhawks added two goals in the final two minutes of the period. Bittners goal with 1:53 left in period was followed by a De Leo strike 57 seconds later to put Portland up 3-0 through 20 minnutes. [b]Adrian Dantley Jazz Jersey[/b]. The Oil Kings responded, as Pollock scored his team-leading 11th goal of the post-season to put Edmonton on the board 20 seconds into the second period and Samuelsson scored exactly two minutes later to make it 3-2. Dumbas power-play goal with 37 seconds left in the second rebuilt Portlands lead to 4-2, and Bittner added his second of the game with a wrist shot early in the third. Edmonton went scoreless on four power play chances in the game, while Portland finished 1 for 5. The Oil Kings and Winterhawks are meeting in the WHL final for the third straight season. Edmonton won in seven games in 2012, while Portland took the championship series in six games last season. Portland is appearing in its fourth consecutive league final, the first WHL team to do so since the New Westminster Bruins played in four straight from 1975-78. ' ' '