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PORTLAND, Ore. - Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts cautioned that its January, a little early for NBA regular-season games to be played with playoff intensity.Not too early for the Los Angeles Clippers, who admitted Wednesday nights game had a post-season feel, as they rallied during the final six minutes to beat Portland, 100-94.Jamal Crawford scored 25 points and the go-ahead basket on a 3-pointer with 3:55 remaining as the Clippers came back from a six-point fourth-quarter deficit.Chris Paul scored 23 and DeAndre Jordan had 17 points and 18 rebounds for Los Angeles (26-13).LaMarcus Aldridge had 37 points and 12 rebounds for Portland (30-9). Aldridge, who missed his season high by two points, went 14 of 28 from the floor.Both teams went to their benches sparingly. Eight players played for each and neither team led by more than nine points. There were periods, particularly the end, when things turned physical and incredibly intense.Its one of those rare regular-season, playoff-type of games, Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers said. Theyre a lot of fun to get into, but you dont get a lot of those. We didnt go into it that way, but it turned into that.The Clippers ended Portlands four-game winning streak after falling behind 85-79 with 6:41 remaining. They went on a 10-3 run, taking an 89-88 lead on two Paul free throws, then grabbed the lead for good on Crawfords fourth 3-pointer of the game.Each team had a key contributor from its bench.For Portland, it was centre Meyers Leonard, who had 10 points and 11 rebounds. For the Clippers, it was Crawford, who led the team in scoring after hitting 10 of 22 shots.Our bench had 25 points tonight. It was one guy, Rivers said.Los Angeles won largely due to its defence. The Clippers held Portland, one of the NBAs most prolific 3-point shooting teams, to 6 of 26 from the arc. Los Angeles also kept Blazers point guard Damian Lillard under control, holding him to 15 points on 5 of 16 shooting.Its good for us. Weve won a lot of games with offence. Tonight we won by getting stops, Paul said.Crawford said playing Portland, which came in tied with Golden State for most wins in the NBA, provided the Clippers with some motivation.Them being one of the better teams in the league, us being one of the best teams in the league, and obviously the whole country was watching, so it was a really good game, Crawford said. Its one of our better wins.For Portland, Chris Kaman had 15 points and 11 rebounds.The Blazers trailed the entire first half, despite 22 points from Aldridge. Portland pulled to within 50-49 at halftime on two late free throws by Nicolas Batum.Los Angeles led by as many as seven during the third quarter, but Portland eventually wiped out the deficit, as Leonard hit two free throws with 1:26 remaining to tie the score at 72.Lillard triggered a Portland surge early in the fourth, as his 3-pointer gave the Blazers an 85-79 lead. But the Clippers controlled the final six minutes, outscoring Portland 21-9.Usually in the fourth quarter when we have the lead with five minutes to go, were pretty good in those situations. Give the Clippers credit; they made plays. They got stops when they needed to, Stotts said.TIP-INSClippers: Los Angeles signed G Dahntay Jones to a 10-day contract Wednesday. Jones, a 10-year NBA veteran, has been playing for Fort Wayne in the NBA Development League, averaging 14.4 points and 3.4 rebounds a game. ... Portland leads the NBA in 3-point field goal defence at .287, but the Clippers had some success, going 8 of 23.Trail Blazers: After playing eight of its past nine games at home, Portland plays three of its next four on the road, at San Antonio, Memphis and Phoenix. ... The Blazers play seven road games during the final 15 days of January.PAUL SAVES BEST FOR LASTPaul didnt shoot a free throw until the fourth quarter, when he went 10 of 10, including six during the final 1:16. Paul is seventh in the NBA in free-throw shooting at .899.UP NEXTClippers: Friday at home against ClevelandTrail Blazers: Friday at San Antonio Blank Germany Jerseys . The 49ers announced the deal Thursday. San Francisco selected Kilgore in the fifth round of the 2011 draft out of Appalachian State. He has played in 33 regular-season games, plus all six playoff games the last two seasons. Timo Werner Jersey . 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The defender has faced criticism following his big-money move from Porto in 2014 and admitted that his first season in the Premier League was difficult.However, he has shown signs of improvement, particularly in recent weeks with clean sheets against Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea. He told Sky Sports: My objective has been to prove myself, to prove that I can do something good. Every single training session and every game I try to improve the way I defend.I know I can do better. This is not my best. The most important thing for me is consistency. To have a good game and then maintain consistency.If I want to prove myself it is on the pitch. If you are good on the pitch that is the reality. Its very important for me and the manager. My objective is to make the manager believe in me because I want to win titles with Man City. Eliaquim Mangala helped Man City keep a clean sheet against PSG Mangala did not start for City in their Champions League semi-final first leg against Real Madrid last week, but sayss: Its very important for every player to be strong mentally.ddddddddddddWhen you dont play it is difficult to accept, which is normal because everybody wants to play every game, but you have to keep working and keep believing.You will have an opportunity to prove the manager and prove to everyone that you are a good player and can play well. You have to be focused and not feel sad. If you go that way it will be difficult because you will not be ready.Before travelling to Spain for the second leg of their semi-final on Wednesday, City travel to Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday. With Manchester United five points behind in fifth and with a game in hand, City are not yet guaranteed a top-four finish in the league.We want to finish as high as possible, says Mangala. If we could finish second it would be amazing but the objective is to win the last three games.We can feel we are playing as a team. We think in the same way and with this mentality we can do something very special for this club.Watch the interview with Mangala on Soccer Saturday on Sky Sports News HQ from midday. Also See: Southampton v Man City preview Paul Mersons predictions Man City fixtures Get a £10 free bet! Wholesale Throwback Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Throwback Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Cheap NFL Gear Jerseys From China Youth NFL Jerseys Cheap Cheap Jerseys From China ' ' '