December 18, 2011

Harris leads the way as Claws split with Erie

Paul Harris scores 30 points and provides leadership in Portland's 106-99 win.

By Mike Lowe
Staff Writer

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WHO: Red Claws vs. Iowa Energy

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Portland Expo

"It was just determination," he said. "The coaching staff told us to keep fighting and keep fighting and something good would happen for us. And it happened on the defensive end. We blocked out and rebounded and executed down the stretch.

"We really were helping a lot and there was a lot more talking and communication out there. I would say we took a step forward today instead of backwards."

Courtney Pigram continued his strong offensive play for the Red Claws with 20 points.

NOTES: Attendance was 2,785, the third consecutive non-sellout at the Expo. The Red Claws had sold out their first 49 home games. Jon Jennings, the president and general manager of the Red Claws, said he wasn't concerned about that, citing the preseason uncertainty of the NBA season and the poor economy. "I can't tell you how many people came up to me and said, 'It's too bad you're not playing this season,"' he said. "They thought because the NBA wasn't playing, we weren't. Now that everything is good at the NBA level, we're looking to get back to where we were. I'm not concerned, but we're focused on getting back to where we've been."

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