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Box Score Los Angeles Lakers 22 29 20 31 102
Play by Play Los Angeles Clippers 29 32 26 20 107


Clippers beat Lakers 107-102 to stop 2-game skid


Posted Jan 05 2013 1:40AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) Chris Paul had 30 points and 13 assists, Blake Griffin added 24 points, and the Los Angeles Clippers led all the way in beating the Lakers 107-102 on Friday night.

Kobe Bryant scored 38 points and Dwight Howard had 21 points and 15 rebounds for the Lakers, who lost for the second time this season to their Staples Center co-tenants.

Bryant carried the Lakers in the fourth quarter when they closed to 99-97 on his 23-foot jumper with 1:29 left. But Paul scored the Clippers' final eight points to seal the victory and drop the Lakers two games below .500. The Clippers lead the Lakers by 10 games in the standings.

The Clippers had dropped two consecutive road games earlier in the week, when their 17-game winning streak was snapped.

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Points Bryant, 38
Rebounds Howard, 15
Assists Paul (LAC), 13
Steals Bryant, 5
Blocks Odom (LAC), 3


Mike D'Antoni:

On the play of Kobe Bryant:
“I‟ve seen a lot of games and on both ends I don‟t think I‟ve seen anyone play better than that. He was phenomenal. He‟s lasered in on the game and trying to get us out of this ditch. We‟ve just got to keep working keep our heads up and try to do it.”

On Chris Paul in the 4th quarter:
“Right in the middle of the floor he is really good at finding the right guy. You can try to bring two defenders, but we had one of the best defenders in the NBA on him and he makes unbelievable shots. After he made it you have to say, „Oh man.‟”

Dwight Howard:

On team chemistry:
“We just have to be consistent we have to learn how to shoot the ball and play on both ends. Look at the difference between our team and theirs. They just play together. They share the ball. Everybody‟s excited when something happens. We have to be like that to be a great team.”

On his free throw shooting:
“I should‟ve hit more. I should‟ve hit more tonight. I was thinking too much and I‟m a little upset at myself for missing those free throws, but I‟ll continue to practice.”

Steve Nash:

On the 4th quarter:
“I just think at the end of the game bounces can go either way. When you‟re always fighting uphill, so much has to go right to come back twice. There were a couple of calls on Dwight that could‟ve gone either way and didn‟t. A couple of bounces here and there and the game was decided in the last few minutes. But to be fair, the game was probably decided by getting down by 20 points.”

On taking more shots:
“Tonight I didn‟t get many opportunities. I shot the ones I had a passed up one or two. I had about 5 or 6 shots for the game. From night to night you have to read the defense, and they were trying to play my pick and rolls hard and get the ball out of my hands quickly. It would‟ve been a pleasure to take 20 shots tonight, but you know I can‟t start forcing shots. A lot of guys on this team need shots and if you put two people on me during a pick and roll someone will be open to benefit”

Vinny Del Negro:

Overall thoughts on tonight's game:
“We made it a little bit harder on ourselves than we needed to. But, I thought we battled the whole night, got some good efforts from a lot of people. Our rebounding, we were active there; we did a good job on the glass. Gave them too many points off turnovers, but Chris [Paul] made some big plays, some big free throws and we had a couple of stops at the end to seal it up. A good win for us, especially short-handed. Everyone stepped up when they had to and got us back on track which was great.”

On the play of Chris Paul:
“He‟s as competitive as there is. Missing Jamal [Crawford] out there tonight, obviously not having Chauncey [Billups] or Grant [Hill], I thought Chris and Blake [Griffin] made big plays. Blake got in foul trouble, but he had some big hoops down the stretch for us.”

On team effort:
“Just a good solid effort from us, I thought, from start to finish. Sometimes it wasn‟t efficient, but we battled the whole night which was great.”

On significance of this win:
“To us it‟s about us, about playing well, performing well and improving. I am pleased with the way the guys played together. They played hard, they played together. Now we‟ve just got to continually work on doing a better job finishing games out the way we need to at times. But that will come with some personnel.”

Looking forward to tomorrow vs. Golden State:
“We‟ve got another big tough one tomorrow night, so we have to get our legs under us and get after it.”

Blake Griffin:

On offense without Jamal Crawford:
“Every game is different and every team is different defensively, depending on what they want to do in the post. But Jamal [Crawford] is such a threat from anywhere that teams hang out and relax a little bit. I thought guys did a great job of stepping up and hitting shots. Our movement was pretty good on offense and that helps.‟

On style of Chris Paul:
“He prefers to break somebody down and really get a teammate going. But whether it‟s scoring or passing, he‟s always involved. It‟s always a part of the team game.”

On coming back from losing two in a row
“You never want to have a losing streak and for us to drop those two games. They were tough games and we didn‟t play well. But it‟s great to get a win like this against a team like this and kind of get us going back in the right direction.”

Chris Paul:

On closing minutes of the game:
“We just made a few timely shots. It was about time we make one. Last four minutes, we had some terrible possessions, pretty much my fault. So, a great credit to our team defense. Caron Butler, Willie Green and Matt Barnes did an outstanding job on Kobe [Bryant].”

On playing aggressive offensively:
“Every time I looked over at the bench, Coach [Del Negro] was yelling at me to shoot the ball. It felt good to be a little bit aggressive tonight, and hopefully I can continue to play like that.”

On facing Golden State tomorrow night:
“We‟ve got to be ready. We‟ve got to get some rest. Those guys [Golden State] have been resting since they played us a few nights ago. So, it‟s our home game, and we‟ve got to take the momentum and beat them.”

Lamar Odom:

On play of Chris Paul:
“He‟s up there with some of the best players I‟ve played with. His ability to lead, make the right play, I‟m fortunate to play with somebody like that, with guys that want to be great.”

On playing against Lakers:
“Right now we‟re just focused on being one of the best teams in the league, not just the city. Focus can‟t be just to be better than one team. Now, we‟re trying to be great.”

On being more physical:
“I think we just didn‟t play well with the lead. We let some things distract us, which gave Kobe [Bryant] an opportunity to make some shots at the end. We can‟t worry about officiating and the small things in the game. If we focus on the next play and the play at hand, we‟ll be alright. Tonight was a mental test, we could‟ve done better at times but the win we‟ll take.”

Matt Barnes:

On Clippers coming together:
“We started off in China playing well and we knew we had something. It‟s been slowly but surely, getting together in practice, talking off the court, developing our chemistry, getting to know each other better and we‟re putting a good product out on the court.”

On team's expectations:
“We have something special over here. We have a great defense now with this team and when the bench is playing well Vinny [Del Negro] sticks with us, and I think that definitely gives us confidence to go out there and compete with anybody.”

DeAndre Jordan:

Last season in contrast with this season:
“Last season was fun, we added some new players, and we added new players this year. But I feel like this year, we‟re gelling a lot faster than we did last year on the shortened schedule and limited practice time and things like that. But if we continue to play the right way and get some guys back that are injured right, now we‟ll be ok.”

On defensive energy:
“In the first half, I thought we played pretty good defense. We had some let ups early in the 3rd quarter and they kind of got back into it. But we need to buckle down and play the right way and not for the score.”




Posted Jan 03 2013 2:41PM

After a franchise-record winning streak, the Los Angeles Clippers hope to rediscover their shooting touch and stop a skid.

The Los Angeles Lakers have also stumbled following their longest win streak of the season.

Having dropped two in a row since taking 17 straight, the Clippers will try to match a franchise record with their 11th straight home victory when they host the Lakers on Friday night.

The Clippers' 17-game run through Sunday is the longest in the NBA since Boston reeled off 19 straight wins in 2008-09. However, they've posted season-low shooting percentages in each of their last two games - both defeats.

The Clippers (25-8) made 38.5 percent in a 92-78 loss at Denver on Tuesday and 36.4 percent in a 115-94 defeat at Golden State on Wednesday.

They also shot a combined 13 for 58 (22.4 percent) from 3-point range and 41 for 68 (60.3) from the foul line in the two games. The Clippers hit 48.5 percent from the field and 34.6 percent from behind the arc during their win streak.

"We just kind of hit a little bit of a wall," forward Blake Griffin said after Wednesday's loss. Griffin certainly appeared to, totaling 22 points and shooting 27.3 percent in the two losses. He shot 58.2 percent during the winning streak.

A return home could give the Clippers a good chance to get back on track. They've outscored opponents by an average of 106.3-88.3 during their 10-game run at Staples, and can match the franchise home mark of 11 wins in a row set Feb. 15-March 18, 1979, when they were based in San Diego.

Chris Paul will try for a third straight outstanding game against the Clippers' intracity rivals. He had 18 points and 15 assists in a 105-95 win over the Lakers on Nov. 2 and has totaled 40 points and 31 assists in the past two meetings.

The Clippers are expected to have forward Caron Butler back after he missed Wednesday's game because of personal reasons. That might not bode well for the Lakers, as Butler has gone 11 for 23 from beyond the arc in the last four matchups.

The Lakers (15-16) appeared to have broken out of a season-long funk with five straight victories, but they've since lost two of three. Los Angeles suffered a 103-99 defeat to visiting Philadelphia on Tuesday, which followed a rant from Kobe Bryant in which he called the Lakers "old" and "slow."

"It's frustrating," guard Steve Nash said. "We're in a tough position and we really have a lot of ground to make up. We're not finding the answers right now."

Nash had 12 points and 10 assists against the 76ers and has averaged 12.2 and 9.6 in five games since returning to the lineup.

Not helping matters is Pau Gasol's sore foot, which the star forward continues to play through. Gasol scored 11 points and shot 2 of 12 on Tuesday, and he's averaged 12.8 points and 40.9 percent from the field in six games after missing eight because of the injury. He's averaging 18.5 points and 51.8 percent from the floor in his career.

Playing small forward in coach Mike D'Antoni's redesigned rotation, Bryant looks for another big game against the Clippers after scoring 40 and shooting 14 of 23 in November. Bryant has averaged 34.8 points and 54.6 percent from the floor in his last five against the Clippers.

After making 10 of 46 (21.7 percent) from 3-point range in their last two games, the Lakers hope to improve their efficiency against a Clippers team that allowed the Warriors to go 12 of 23 from beyond the arc Wednesday.

They're also looking for their fifth win in seven meetings with the Clippers.

The Lakers have won three of four at Staples, but as the home team.

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Probable Starters .
  #24 Bryant SF #5 Butler  
  #16 GasolPF #32 Griffin  
  #12 Howard C #6 Jordan  
  #1 Morris SG #34 Green  
  #10 Nash PG #3 Paul  


Lakers Steve Blake
(abdominal surgery) is out.
Chris Duhon
(back spasms) is a game-time decision.
Pau Gasol
(plantar fasciitis, right foot) is probable.
Jordan Hill
(herniated disc) is probable.
Clippers Chauncey Billups
(left foot peroneal tendinitis) is out.
Grant Hill
(right knee bone bruise) is out.
Trey Thompkins
(left knee bone bruise) is out.

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04/07 - LAL @ LAC