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Trail Blazers beat emotional Clippers 108-98, take 3-2 lead

Damian Lillard finally made his first field goal early in third quarter, and the Portland Trail Blazers knew the game was about to change.

Lillard's 3-pointer was his only basket in the period, but it was enough to get him going. He scored 16 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, and the Blazers capitalized on the absence of injured Chris Paul and Blake Griffin to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 108-98 on Wednesday night in Game 5 of their first-round series.

"I've always been able to put the first three quarters behind me and come up big when my team has needed it," Lillard said. "It wasn't even so much missing the shots that were bothering me, it was just...

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