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Taylor scores 20 to lead Clippers over Lakers
FRESNO, Calif. (AP)—Rookie Mike Taylor was 9-of-12 from the field and scored 20 points to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 107-80 preseason victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.
It was the Lakers’ worst preseason loss since a 31-point defeat to the Golden State Warriors in 2005 and it kept the Lakers (0-2) winless this preseason. Lakers star Kobe Bryant played 24 minutes and finished with 12 points and three assists. He left midway through the third quarter and did not return.
Baron Davis, who signed the Clippers in the offseason after spending the past three seasons with the Warriors, played 17 minutes and finished with 12 points and seven assists.
Ricky Davis had 17 points for the Clippers (1-1), who led by as many as 13 points in the first half and began distancing themselves again early in the fourth after the Lakers got as close as 79-74 on Jordan Farmar’s 3-pointer. Farmar, who finished with 12 points, was one of five Lakers in double figures.
Reserve forward Vladimir Radmanovic led the Lakers with 14 points.
Ricky Davis, who signed as a free agent with the Clippers in the offseason after playing for the Miami Heat, scored 13 points in the first half and was 3-of-5 from behind the arc.
A predominantly Lakers crowd came out to see a rare NBA game in the central San Joaquin Valley. It was the first time the Lakers lost in Fresno, where the team also played in 2004 and 2006.
Taylor led the Clippers’ charge in the second half, scoring 16 points. He played with the Idaho Stampede in the NBA Development League last season. Clippers reserve forward Steve Novak was 4-of-6 on 3-pointers and finished with 12 points.
The Clippers were assessed three technical fouls. Clippers reserve guard Jason Hart and the Lakers’ Radmanovic were called for a double technical late in the first quarter. Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy received a technical foul in the third quarter.
And rookie DeAndre Jordan was called for a technical after hanging on the rim and yelling after completing a monstrous one-handed dunk in the fourth quarter.
Clippers center Marcus Camby, acquired in a trade with the Denver Nuggets in the offseason, traveled with the team and was in uniform, but did not play. Camby has been recovering from flu-like symptoms during training camp.
CLIPPERS - LAKERS PREVIEW
by Mike Trudell, Lakers.com
Heading into Thursday evening’s second preseason game, set to take place in Fresno against the Clippers at 7 p.m., one might expect a similar theme to that followed Tuesday against the Jazz: Worry about the Lakers.
Surely, preseason games aren’t ones for which teams prepare detailed scouting reports, and in this case, that’s probably a good thing. After all, the Clips (who return just five – repeat, five – players from last season’s roster) and just yesterday took Elgin Baylor out of the picture: Paul Davis, Chris Kaman, Cuttino Mobley, Tim Thomas and Al Thornton.
The most notable additions, of course, are former Warriors point guard Baron Davis and Nuggets center Marcus Camby, but don’t forget about rookie Eric Gordon or much-traveled Ricky Davis. Not to mention … wait a second … almost forgot that the Clips don’t concern the Lakers so much right now … OK got it.
Back on track: Save Mart Center in Fresno will offer the Lakers another chance to work Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum into some semblance of familiarity, see how Sasha Vujacic has progressed in his ankle rehabilitation and continue to figure out how Lamar Odom and Trevor Ariza best fit into the system. The Utah game taught us that Bynum’s well on his way back, Gasol was fantastic in five minutes of burn, and that assistant coach Kurt Rambis much preferred what Ariza did when compared to Odom.
Yet and still, these issues aren’t so much about anything other than the Lakers have too many talented players to fit on the court at the same time. As the expression goes, what a great problem to have.
Los Angeles Lakers
Sun Yue (mononucleosis) is doubtful.
Sasha Vujacic (moderate sprain, left ankle) is doubtful.
Luke Walton (right ankle surgery) is out.
Los Angeles Clippers
NOTES & CONNECTIONS
The Lakers swept their season series with the Clippers 4-0 in 2007-08 for the first time since
the 2002-03 season (4-0) after splitting their meetings 2-2 in each of the previous three
seasons. The two teams have met 177 times overall and on 111 occasions since the Clippers
moved to Los Angeles. Overall, the Lakers have lost just two series in franchise history (1992-
93 & 1974-75) to the Clippers. The Lakers are 7-3 in their last 10 games against the Clippers.
At home against the Clippers, the Lakers are 14-4 all-time at STAPLES Center and have gone
7-3 in their last 10 home contests. In their 119-82 victory 3/7/08, the 37-point margin of victory
was the Lakers largest margin of victory over the Clippers since they moved from San Diego
to Los Angeles prior to the 1984-85 season. On the road against the Clippers, the Lakers are
6-4 in their last 10 games as a visitor at STAPLES Center. Under head coach Phil Jackson,
the Lakers are 25-7 versus the Clippers. In 46 career games versus the Clippers including 38
starts, Kobe Bryant is averaging 25.1 points. Additionally, Bryant has posted two 50-point
games against the Clippers, most recently 4/12/07 vs. LAC (other: 50 points 1/7/06 @ LAC).
With the departures of Elton Brand and Corey Maggette this offseason, no Clippers remain
from Lamar Odom’s time. Current Clippers Head Coach and General Manager Mike
Dunleavy led the Lakers to a 101-63 record in two seasons with the team (1990-92) including
a Western Conference Championship in 1990-91. Lakers forward Vladimir Radmanovic
averaged 10.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 29.5 minutes in 30 games (11 starts) with the
Clippers in 2005-06. Lakers forward Josh Powell played the 2007-08 season with the
Clippers, averaging career-highs in points (5.5), rebounds (5.2) and minutes (19.2) in 64
games (25 starts).
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BRYANT (1st) AND GASOL (3rd) SIT ATOP NBA’S LIST OF MOST POPULAR JERSEYS IN EUROPE
On October 8, the NBA announced that Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers tops the list of most popular NBA jerseys in Europe. Bryant was No. 4 on the list at the
beginning of the 2007-08 NBA season. Jerseys of European players make up half of the list with Spain’s Pau Gasol of the Lakers moving up four spots from last season to No. 3. The popularity of basketball and the NBA in Europe has led to record growth for the NBA’s merchandise business in the region. The Most Popular NBA Jerseys in
Europe list is based on sales from retail locations across Europe during the 2007-08 NBA season. The NBA's merchandising business in the region has doubled in the last five years to include over 60 partners distributing NBA products to more than 16,000 retail locations. International sales account for more than 25 percent of the league’s overall global merchandise business.
Top 10 Most Popular NBA Jerseys in Europe: 1. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers; 2. Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics; 3. Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers; 4. LeBron James,
Cleveland Cavaliers; 5. Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs; 6. Allen Iverson, Denver Nuggets; 7. Andrea Bargnani, Toronto Raptors; 8. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat;
9. Marco Belinelli, Golden State Warriors; 10. Jose Calderon, Toronto Raptors
Andrew Bynum returned to the court for the first time since injuring his knee back on January 13 by posting game-highs in points (15) and rebounds (8) in 24 minutes 10/7 vs. Utah. Prior to his injury last season, Bynum ranked among league leaders in rebounds (10.2/11th), field goal percentage (.695/1st) and blocked shots (2.06/9th) while
posting 18 double-doubles in 35 total games.
LAKERS vs. CLIPPERS IN THE PRESEASON
The Lakers and Clippers have played 19 times in the preseason dating back to September of 1979, playing not only in San Diego, Anaheim and Los Angeles but also in Anchorage, AK, Las Vegas, NV and St. Louis, MO. This will be their first meeting in Fresno, CA. The Lakers have gone 13-6 against the Clippers in the preseason. In their most recent preseason meeting, the Lakers fell to the Clippers 96-112 October 21, 2007 at STAPLES Center.