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LOS ANGELES -- J.J. Redick came through at the free-throw line in the closing seconds to help the Los Angeles Clippers pull out a win in a game that saw the teams trade leads until the final minutes.Blake Griffin had 26 points and 12 rebounds, Chris Paul had 21 points and 14 assists, and the Clippers held off the Portland Trail Blazers 121-120 Monday night to sweep the three-game season series.Redick finished with 19 points, hitting all eight of his free throws -- including three in the final seconds to push Los Angeles lead to four points.Portlands Damian Lillard hit a 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds left for the final margin.It was an up-and-down game, back and forth, Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. Each team made not big runs, but little runs and that was kind of the ebb and flow of the game.The final minutes saw Clippers center DeAndre Jordan and Blazers forward Evan Turner ejected. Portland center Mason Plumlee was hit with a technical after he elbowed Griffin on a drive in his face, causing a cut on his upper lip that needed three stitches after the game.That only highlighted what was a roughly played game throughout.Im sure there is no love lost, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. We play each other a lot and whenever you play each other a lot it seems like you get testy. We dont really care if you like us or not.Paul was also charged with a flagrant foul.Its just competition, Paul said. Guys out there fighting and trying to get a win and stuff happens.Paul hit a three-pointer with just over 2 minutes to play, and later added a pair of free throws to give the Clippers a 118-113 lead with 18 seconds to play.But the Blazers responded again, Lillard hit a pair of free throws himself. After Lillards last 3 the Clippers ran out the clock.It was probably our most competitive game of the year, Stotts said. It was a tough loss but I like the way we competed throughout the game. We got down and came back. It was a very good effort.C.J. McCollum had 25 points and Lillard finished with 24 points and eight assists for the Trail Blazers, who lost their fourth straight -- all on the road.The way we played tonight is the way were supposed to play, Lillard said. This is what gives us our best chance against good teams, like they are. Its what weve kind of been missing on a consistent basis. We did a good job but lost the game. We want to win.The Clippers acted like they were going to dominate early, jumping out to a 38-27 lead at the end of the first quarter. They connected on 14 of 22 field goals (63.6 percent), came up with four blocked shots and outscored Portland 14-4 to close the quarter.But Portland charged back in the second, opening with a 13-2 run and then just kept rolling. The Blazers outscored the Clippers 33-18 in the second quarter to take a 60-56 lead at the half.I thought we did a great job early being an aggressor and then somewhere we lost it, but down the stretch the guys made plays, Griffin said.A PLUM ADDITIONThe 6-11 Plumlee had a strong game, finishing with 18 points, seven rebounds and five blocked shots.TECHNICAL AFFAIRStotts also picked up a technical when he objected to foul called against McCollum on a three-point attempt with 4:14 left. Redick hit all four free throws.No comment, was all Stotts offered.TIP-INSTrail Blazers: F Al-Farouq Aminu (back contusion) was called a game-time decision, but started against the Clippers. ... Lillard scored a team-record 695 points in the Blazers first 25 games, eclipsing Clyde Drexlers previous mark of 681 in 1988.Clippers: Backup PG Austin Rivers is undergoing NBA concussion protocol and missed Mondays contest. ... Monday marked the Clippers 247th consecutive sellout at Staples Center. ... 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I understand the expectations at LSU and I invite them because I have the same expectations of myself and my staff.Orgeron, 55, is a Louisiana native.?This is bigger than life, he said. Driving past the stadium, I just wanted to be an assistant coach here. I just wanted to have my feet on the grass, but I knew once I got here I could earn my way up to being the head coach. I wanted to take it one step at a time, and every step I went, I was preparing to come back home to LSU.That was my goal the whole time -- to go out and go to Miami, go to Syracuse, go to USC and prepare to get better. I wanted to come back to be the best football coach I could possibly be when I took this job, and I feel like that happened. Im prepared to do it.It had been a dramatic 48 hours, as rumors swirled about LSU administrators targeting Houstons Tom Herman and Florida States Jimbo Fisher over Orgeron. LSU finally went with Orgeron, who earned widespread support from the team and a large swath of the fan base in his time as interim coach.There was never a day where I felt like I wouldnt have a chance to get this job, Orgeron said. And thats all I wanted.A source told ESPNs Brett McMurphy that LSU decided to go with Orgeron because it wasnt going to be held hostage [while Herman negotiated with other schools]. ... In the end, they chose the guy who wanted the job and not the guy who wanted the money.?The Advocate reported Saturday that Orgerons deal is for five years, with yet-to-be finalized financials expected to be $3 million to $4 million per year. Miles contract for 2016 was for $4,300,000. The median coach salary in the SEC, meanwhile, was $4,172,500 this year, according to a survey by USA Today.It initially seemed as though Orgeron was a stopgap between Miles 12-year tenure -- a time when he became the programs most consistent winner -- and the next coachs, but over time it became clear Orgeron had a legitimate chance to contend for the job. He developed a loyal following because of his enthusiastic approach, his outreach to program alums and Louisiana roots.This is a great day for LSU and for all of Louisiana. We got our man and hes been here all along, athletic director Joe Alleva said in a statement. Coach Orgeron has demonstrated his ability to run this program with excellence, even under difficult circumstances. Coach O earned this job.I worked closely with [LSU] President [King] Alexander and board leadership throughout a very deliberate process. By the end of that process, our decision was clear. Coach Orgeron took us step by step through every aspect of his plans for this program and there was no question that he is the man to lead LSU football.Orgerons adjustments to LSUs game-week schedule won favor among the players, signaling a stark change from his first head-coaching job a decade earlier, when he went 10-25 in three seasons at Ole Miss and alienated the team and fan base in the process.Orgeron said he was a more mature coach after the humbling experience at Ole Miss, and he earned a chance to prove it in two stints in an interim role.He went 6-2 at USC after replacing his friend Lane Kiffin during the 2013 season. He didnt land that full-time gig with the Trojans, but he did at LSU after a series of impressive accomplishments solidified his candidacy.The Tigers set multiple single-game school records under Orgeron and new offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger, whom Orgeron elevated from tight-ends coach when Cam Cameron followed Miles out the door after a 2-2 start.Among the notable achievements on offensee:In Orgerons first game, LSU posted 634 yards of total offense against Missouri -- the most any LSU team has accumulated against an SEC opponent.ddddddddddddThe following week, LSU averaged 10.9 yards per play against Southern Miss, setting a modern-day school record.Leonard Fournette broke LSUs rushing record by gaining 284 yards on just 16 carries as the Tigers ran past Ole Miss on Oct. 22.Sophomore Derrius Guice threatened Fournettes rushing mark with 252 yards in a blowout win at Arkansas on Nov. 12 and then broke it on Thanksgiving night with 285 yards and four touchdowns in the season-ending win over Texas A&M.Hes done a great job, Guice said of Orgeron after Thursdays 54-39 victory over Texas A&M. Hes a family guy. He keeps us close. He reminds us that its you fighting for your brothers. ... Were all one heartbeat. I want Coach O to stay. We need somebody like Coach O to lead us out there.Orgeron, who becomes the 33rd coach in the programs history, is likely to make changes. It appears hell make an effort to retain some members of Miles coaching staff -- Orgeron said defensive coordinator Dave Aranda has committed to staying after LSU ranked in the top 15 nationally in both total defense and scoring defense -- but there are sure to be adjustments.His first order of business must be to bring aboard a top-tier offensive coordinator who can develop a scheme that can consistently rival the defenses standing as a national leader. Alabama offensive coordinator Kiffin and Orgeron remain close after working together in previous locales, and Kiffin is sure to be high on Orgerons list of candidates should he choose to leave Nick Sabans program without a head-coaching contract in hand.All Ill say is Ill try to get the best coordinator in football, Orgeron said when asked about the possibility of adding Kiffin to his staff. My plan is to take my time and assemble the best staff in America.The offensive coordinator that were going to bring here -- we have a couple guys in mind. Its going to be all that and more that you ask.LSU could use Kiffins guidance as an offensive playcaller and developer of quarterbacks after struggling in both departments for the latter portion of Miles tenure. Even after Orgeron took over, those issues surfaced in losses to Alabama and Florida, when execution mishaps directly contributed to LSU losses.I do believe that nowadays that you have to run the spread offense, you have to have dual-threat quarterbacks that can run the ball and throw it, Orgeron said. But you have to have somebody that knows how to run it. We still want to be a physical football team.Wins and losses will be the ultimate measure of Orgerons effectiveness in his new job. LSU has not won an SEC West title since 2011, and the formerly competitive rivalry with Alabama has become one-sided recently, with the Crimson Tide winning the past six meetings.Recovering the programs reputation starts on offense, which is why most believed LSU would hire an offense-minded coach who would modernize Miles ground-and-pound approach. Perhaps Orgeron, a longtime defensive line coach, still can be the person who leads that turnaround, but it will depend on the caliber of offensive assistants he persuades to join his staff.I want to thank King Alexander and the board of supervisors for entrusting me with the greatest job in the country, Orgeron said. I want to let you know that myself and our football team is going to represent you guys in the best way that we can.Growing up in the state of Louisiana, watching the Tigers play, we get it and we understand what you gave to us and the accountability that we have to the people of the state of Louisiana, to LSU and everybody thats played here before.ESPN staff writer Brett McMurphy contributed to this report. Youth NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys 2020 Cheap NFL Gear Camo China NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Cheap Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys Online ' ' '

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