Blazers Beat Clippers 98-84, Paul Leaves With Broken Hand,
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Al-Farouq Aminu scored a career-high 30 points and the Portland Trail Blazers pulled away after Chris Paul left with a broken bone in his right hand, beating the Los Angeles Clippers 98-84 on Monday night to even their playoff series at two games apiece.
Paul departed midway through the third quarter, with the Clippers saying he broke a bone in his right hand midway through the third quarter. The Clippers were further hurt when Blake Griffin retreated to the bench late in the game after appearing to aggravate the left quad injury he struggled with this season.
CJ McCollum had 19 points for the Blazers, while Mason Plumlee added 14 points and 10 assists.
Griffin had 17 points before leaving with under 6 minutes left.
Game 5 is Wednesday at Los Angeles.
Paul leaves Game 4 with broken bone in right hand
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul broke a bone in his right hand midway through the third quarter and left Game 4 against the Portland Trail Blazers.
It was not clear exactly how Paul was injured, but it appeared he may have bent the wrist awkwardly when defending Portland's Gerald Henderson on a layup.
Paul retreated to the bench and was attended to by team trainers before leaving for the locker room. He angrily kicked at a seat cushion on the court as he left.
The Clippers later reported Paul fractured the third metacarpal in his right hand.
Paul led players with 16 points when he left the game. The Clippers were up 2-1 in the first-round playoff series against the Blazers.
Paul was averaging 26.3 points and 8.3 assists through the first three games. He averaged 19.5 points and 10 assists in the regular season.