Trail Blazers eliminate Clippers, who put up a fight until the final seconds

Austin Rivers bent over, inconsolable, after his heave from just inside half court fell well short.

DeAndre Jordan walked over to try anyway, patting his teammate tenderly and lingering for a round of hugs before departing the court. A season built on his teammates’ converging at his home last summer was reduced to a solitary walk into the off-season.

The Clippers were beat up, bandaged, swollen and ultimately defeated, a 106-103 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 6 of their first-round playoff series on Friday night at the Moda Center sending them home with another unhappy ending.

They were right there, even without injured stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. They had the ball with 14 seconds left, facing a two-point deficit. Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, who had already scored a career playoff-high 32 points, drove toward the basket.