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Clippers down Blazers 89-81 in preseason opener

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ANNE M. PETERSON | October 8, 2013 12:29 AM EST | AP


PORTLAND, Ore. — PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — DeAndre Jordan had 16 points and eight rebounds and the Los Angeles Clippers opened the preseason with an 89-81 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.

Chris Paul added 15 points and eight rebounds as new Clippers head coach Doc Rivers got a look at his team after holding training camp last week in San Diego.

Nicolas Batum, who played for his native France this summer on the gold-medal winning European Championship team, led Portland with 12 points.

Blazers guard Damian Lillard, last season's NBA rookie of the year, added 11 points and six assists, but Portland was hampered by the absence of All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who was nursing a left quadriceps injury.