Wednesday's game presented the Portland Trail Blazers with an opportunity to seize a big moment against a Clippers team plagued by injuries.
The Trail Blazers took advantage, competing until the end to pull out a 108-98 victory over the Clippers in Game 5 of the Western Conference first-round series at Staples Center.
Portland now has a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series and can send the Clippers home for the summer with a victory Friday night at the Moda Center.
The Trail Blazers faced the Clippers without Chris Paul and Blake Griffin , but Portland didn't become complacent.
Instead, the Trail Blazers won their third...