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Harkless Erupts in Blazers Win

Maurice Harkless (Queens, N.Y.) scored 19 points and secured 10 rebounds as the Portland Trailblazers (3-2) defeated the Los Angeles Clippers (2-3), 108-98.

The breakout performance by Harkless, 22, was high post-season career-best. It was also his first playoff double-double. The feats came at great timing, as were his 17 first-half points.

While teammate Damian Lillard finished with 22 points, it wasn't until the fourth quarter the All-Star guard came alive offensively. Lillard's backcourt mate C.J. McCollum, the league's Most Improved Player this year, led the team with 27 points.

Harkless and the Blazers look to closeout the series Friday, in Portland.