L.A. Lakers 106, L.A. Clippers 100
Lakers Make It a Double vs. Clippers
LOS ANGELES, March 19 (Ticker) --
The Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers
wore their throwback uniforms. But in any era, the same team
always wins this crosstown battle.
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scored 12 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter to
lead the Lakers over the Clippers for the second time this week and the 22nd time in 23
meetings, 106-100. The Lakers have won four straight overall.
The lone loss came earlier this season when the Lakers came up
short playing without Shaquille O'Neal
and Karl Malone
"Well, we won, that's all I can say about the game," Lakers
coach Phil Jackson
said. "We didn't look very fluid. I felt
like they were not energized."
The Lakers had taken a 76-66 lead after three quarters, but the
Clippers tied it, 90-90, on a jumper by Doug Overton
remaining. Bryant took over by scoring 12 of the Lakers' next
16 points. The All-Star guard also had five steals.
"We were playing aggressive and playing the passing lanes,
trying to make them uncomfortable," Bryant said. "We never
really had them on the ropes, it was a dogfight."
The Lakers misfired from the line for most of the game but
made their last eight free throws to seal the contest.
Superstar center Shaquille O'Neal
made just 8-of-16 foul shots
but sank two with 28 seconds left.
"We still need to pick it up overall as a team," O'Neal said.
"Tonight was just one of those days where we did not play up to
O'Neal scored 18 points and Gary Payton
added 16 as all five
starters were in double figures for the Lakers (46-23), who
remained one game behind Minnesota for the second-best record in
the Western Conference.
The Lakers shot 53 percent (21-of-40) from the field in the
first half on their way to a 52-49 halftime advantage.
Malone, in his fourth game back off the injured list, had a
tough shooting game, scoring 14 points on 5-of-15 from the
"The competition is starting to get stiffer, so hopefully we can
get back to where we need to be," Malone said. "We need to get
better, no doubt about it."
scored 31 points for the Clippers, making
17-of-20 free throws. Quentin Richardson
sat out with back
"Our team came out and played hard short-handed," Maggette said.
"Down the stretch, they made some shots, and then Kobe kind of
The Lakers are in the midst of a seven-game homestand. Their
next road game is April 2 vs. Seattle.