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Trail Blazers didn't take banged-up Clippers for granted

Trail Blazers didn't take banged-up Clippers for granted

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...

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