Clippers Show Lakers There Are Two Teams in Los Angeles, win 99-92
The Los Angeles Clippers couldn’t wait to eliminate the bad taste of being defeated by the Los Angeles by only one point after Derek Fisher made a lay-up with less than 2 seconds left on the clock. The Clippers have waited for a month to redeem themselves to show the Lakers that the Staples Center is their home too.
The Los Angeles Clippers were coming off a statement win against the Miami Heat who came into the Staples Center on 13 road game win streak. The powerful threesome in LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Christ Bosh have average a combined 75 points per game and have playing excellent. The Clippers definitely had a huge task at hand. The Clippers battled the Heat and snapped Miami’s road win streak defeating them 11-105.
And the next opponent wasn’t a walk in the park either, the defending world champions, the Los Angeles Lakers.
Staples Center Showdown
The match-up became close in the fourth quarter when Clippers guard Eric Gordon hit a three pointer at the end of the third quarter, bringing the game within three points. It was a physical game down low with match-ups between Lakers forward Lamar Odom, who got into an altercation which got Blake Griffin ejected from the game in the fourth.
Lakers guard Bryant had 27 points, nine rebounds and five assists, but took only two shots in the final quarter. Clippers clutch guard Eric Gordon outplayed the veteran by scoring 30 points and four steals, his 11th time in his career scoring that much. Another veteran that wasn’t showed up was Clippers guard Baron Davis, who contributed with 14 points and 8 assists.
Griffin finished the game with 18 points and 15 rebounds, notching his 26th double-double of the season, an easy choice for Rookie of the Year.
The astounding stat of the game was the lopsided amount of assists from the Clippers over the Lakers. The Clippers played a well balanced game with twenty-eight assists while the Lakers had only twelve.
With this defeat by the hands of the Clippers, the Lakers have a 3-5 record against teams that currently have winning records, while the Clippers are 7-13 to heavy hitting teams.
The Los Angeles Lakers move over and make room for the Clipper Nation!
The Clippers and Lakers play at home on Monday for the Martin Luther King Double-Header, Clipper face the Indian Pacer, tip off at 3:30 pm (EST) and the Lakers face the Thunder, tip off at 10:30 pm (EST).
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