Gameday: Lakers 95, Clippers 114

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Box Score Los Angeles Clippers 28 27 36 23 114
Play by Play Los Angeles Lakers 28 22 17 28 95

Clippers open preseason with 114-95 win vs. Lakers

Posted Dec 20 2011 10:54PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) Chris Paul had 17 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in his Los Angeles Clippers debut and Chauncey Billups made an equally impressive first impression with his new club, scoring 23 points in a 114-95 victory over the Lakers on Monday night.

The first of two preseason games between the teams followed a dizzying two-week media frenzy in both camps, during which time the Clippers acquired Paul from New Orleans right after the league squashed a proposed three-way deal that would have sent him to the Lakers.

Paul's arrival came immediately after the Clippers' acquisitions of former Laker Caron Butler as a free agent, and Billups from the New York Knicks in a waiver auction. Lamar Odom, whom the Lakers tried to peddle to New Orleans in the squashed deal, angrily demanded to be traded and was sent to the defending champion Dallas Mavericks - who swept the Lakers out of the playoffs last spring. And to top it all off, Kobe Bryant's wife Vanessa filed for divorce on Friday.

Blake Griffin had 12 points for the Clippers in a foul-plagued 25 minutes. Last season's rookie of the year picked up his third foul with 5:44 left in the second quarter, then received a technical foul about 2 minutes later for hanging on the rim too long after converting Billups' pass to him off the glass into a fast-break slam dunk.

Bryant had 22 points in about 30 minutes, Pau Gasol scored 16 and Andrew Bynum added 15 points and 12 rebounds. Rookie point guard Darius Morris, a second-round draft pick out of Michigan and the first player off the Lakers' bench, beat the first-quarter buzzer with a 20-footer that tied the score at 28. He pulled them even again at 35 with a 3-pointer and finished with 11 points in about 24 minutes.

Bryant was sent crashing to the floor by Clippers center DeAndre Jordan on a blocked layup with 7:23 left in the third quarter and came up holding his right wrist - the one he shoots with. He stayed in the game for another 3 minutes, then went to the bench for a good stretch after the Clippers extended an eight-point lead to 80-62 on Billups' 3-pointer with 4:08 left in the period.

Paul and Billups sat out the fourth quarter. Mo Williams, beginning his first full season with the Clippers after joining them in last season at the trading deadline for Baron Davis, had nine points in 22 minutes on his 29th birthday.

Billups had 12 points as the Clippers led 55-50 at halftime.

Steve Blake started at point guard for new Lakers coach Mike Brown in place of Derek Fisher, who continued his conditioning program following weeks of inactivity while representing the players' association during the 149-day lockout.

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Points Bryant 22, 5-10 FG
Rebounds Bynum 12, 2 OFF 10 DEF
Assists Blake 5
Steals World Peace 3
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Kobe Bryant:
On if he has any concerns:

I am always concerned going in to the pre-season especially having a new system and having a lot of new players. I am always concerned. But we have the willingness to push forward and I like the pieces that we have so there is a lot of room for improvement.

Andrew Bynum:
On tonight’s defense:

Well, you know, for me, getting out of the old system of dropping back and kind of plug up the middle, this is a show defense. So we’ve got to get on our horse and get out there...

Pau Gasol:
On tonight’s game:

It was a good test. Obviously we didn’t play as well as we wanted to, especially on the defensive end. It takes time to know an offensive system, a new offensive system, and be completely fluent with it and feel completely comfortable. We’re working very hard, but there’s still a ways to go. But defensively we just have to do a better job, making that extra step and just playing with hustle throughout the game. We’ve got to contest shots, there’s no doubt about it. We’ve got to take care of the ball, that led to a few runouts. Twenty-one turnovers is way too many. Obviously we’re trying stuff, you know, it’s a preseason game, but opening night is coming really quick…we’ve got room for improvement. We look forward to watching tape tomorrow, working on stuff we need to work on, and then face this team again on Wednesday.

Mike Brown:
On being disappointed in the defense

There were a few bright spots but not many because of how bad we were defensively. We got to give the clippers credit for staying with their game plan and executing it.

On how uncontested shots were an issue during the game:

Oh yeah, you know what, if I had more time outs, I would have used them. I would have used them all. But I was running out of time outs. I wanted to call time out plenty of times because of the uncontested shots we gave up, you know. That can’t happen. To me, that sets the tone defensively for the whole quarter if not the whole game.

On Kobe’s condition:

No he’s pretty good physically. He’s done some things in practice that kind of wows you at times in terms of taking the ball to the basket strong and finishing with dunks, traffic and stuff like that. So physically he’s fine. At least, in my opinion.

Blake Griffin
On team’s performance tonight

Going into every game, you hope for a game like that. But we’re definitely capable like you saw, but at the same time, not every game is not going to go like unfortunately. Like I said, the more we’re together, the more comfortable we’ll feel, and the more comfortable we feel, the better we’ll play.

On Chris Paul and Chauncey making his job easier

Just the way they command attention on the floor. You can’t leave them alone. You saw Chauncey hit big shots and Chris the way he handles the ball and passes, it’s just unbelievable. Like I said, the more we work together, the better we’ll be.

Chris Paul
On team’s expectations for this season

We’re not getting caught up in the hype. We still have to go out there and practice every day and continue to get better day by day. We can’t control what happens in the media or people say, but we can control what happens in this locker room. We’re just making sure guys are staying focused.

On comfort level out there

I felt pretty good, I felt pretty good. It’s just going to continue to come with time. We all still have to keep feeling each other out and learn where guys like the ball and different things like that. But tonight I think we did a decent job tonight learning on the fly.

Vinny Del Negro
On preseason win

We just wanted to come out and play hard and improve in certain areas and get a feel for each other. We’ll watch the film and work out some things tomorrow and continually get better. As long as we work hard and work together and stay as a team, we’ll be fine.

Lakers Derrick Caracter (torn lateral meniscus, left knee) is out.

Ryan Gomes(Sore left knee)

Pre Season Game 1: 12/19 - LAC @ LAL
Pre Season Game 2: 12/21 -


The Lakers won last season’s series with the Clippers 3-1 after splitting the 2009-10 series 2-2. The two teams have met 189 times overall and on 123 occasions since the Clippers moved to Los Angeles. The Lakers lead the all-time series 141-48 (95-28 vs. LAC). Overall, the Lakers have lost just two season series in franchise history (1992-93 & 1974- 75) to the Clippers. The Lakers are 7-3 in their last 10 games overall against the Clippers. The Lakers are 20-4 all-time against the Clippers in home games at STAPLES Center, are 9-1 in their last 10 home contests and are winners of their last eight straight. On the road against the Clippers, the Lakers are 5-5 in their last 10 games as a visitor at STAPLES Center. In their first meeting of last season, Derek Fisher connected on a layup at the buzzer to give the Lakers an 87-86 victory 12/8/10. In 2009-10, for the third time in as many years, the Lakers established a new largest margin of victory against the Clippers since they moved from San Diego to Los Angeles prior to the 1984-85 season, defeating the Clippers by 40 points (126-86) on 1/15/10 (previous largest margin of victories were 38 (117-79, 10/29/09) and 37 (119-82, 3/7/08)). In their meeting on January 21, 2009, Andrew Bynum recorded a career-high 42 points while becoming the first Lakers player other than Kobe Bryant to record 40+ points since 2003. In addition, Bryant posted his 16th career triple-double in that game with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. In 57 career games versus the Clippers (49 starts), Bryant is averaging 25.3 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). Steve Blake posted his first career triple-double (23 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists) as a member of the Clippers (4/14/10) in the 2009-10 season finale against the Lakers. Blake averaged 6.8 points and 6.1 assists in 29 games (10 starts) with the Clippers a season ago. Additionally, Clippers forward Brian Cook was drafted by the Lakers in the first round (24th overall) of the 2003 NBA Draft, averaging 6.6 points and 3.2 rebounds in 4+ seasons with LA.

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