Gameday: Clippers 108, Lakers 103

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Box Score Los Angeles Clippers 33 20 30 25 108
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Griffin scores 30 as Clippers beat Lakers 108-103

Posted Dec 22 2011 10:34PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) Blake Griffin scored nine of his 30 points in the final 5:18, and the Los Angeles Clippers wrapped up their two-game preseason sweep of the Lakers with a 108-103 victory on Wednesday night.

Kobe Bryant did not dress for the Lakers because of a torn ligament in his right wrist. A MRI revealed the injury, which occurred Monday night when he was sent crashing to the floor by Clippers center DeAndre Jordan on a layup early in the third quarter of a 114-95 loss.

Caron Butler and reserve guard Mo Williams each scored 16 points, and Jordan added 14 for the Clippers, who open their season Christmas night at Golden State. Chris Paul finished with 10 assists and seven points.

Andrew Bynum had 26 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, who also begin their schedule on Sunday against Chicago. Reserve Steve Blake had 20 points against his former team. Bryant is wearing a soft cast on his shooting wrist, and his status for the season opener is up in the air. One thing is certain: The Lakers will start the regular season without Bynum, who had 41 points and 23 rebounds in the two preseason games.

Bynum was suspended without pay for the first five games because of a flagrant foul against Dallas' J.J. Barea in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals. Derek Fisher had seven points and eight assists in 24 minutes.

The Clippers, who trailed by as many as 11 points, didn't take their first lead until Jordan converted an alley-oop pass from Paul on a fast break to put them ahead 59-58 with 8:54 left in the third quarter. By game's end, they had converted 20 Lakers turnovers into 30 points - while committing only six turnovers themselves.

The Clippers were leading 64-62 when Griffin was shoved to the floor from behind by former Clipper Matt Barnes as he tried to receive a pass from Paul with his back to the basket.

Barnes was assessed a flagrant foul, and the Clippers followed with an 11-0 run that extended their lead to 74-62 with 3:12 minutes left in the third.

The Lakers trailed by 13 early in the fourth before Troy Murphy capped a 14-4 run with a 3-pointer that sliced the margin to 90-87 with 6:07 to play. But Griffin responded with nine points in a 1:44 span to help put the game out of reach.

With the regular season reduced to 66 games, Staples Center's co-tenants will face each other three times instead of the usual four.

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Points Bynum 26, 11-15 FG
Rebounds Bynum 11, 5 OFF 6 DEF
Assists Fisher 8
Steals Blake 1
Blocks Bynum 2


Mike Brown:
Re: Tonight’s Defense and Getting Steals

“I am not a big steal guy. When you get a few, you will get a few highlight dunks. You are going to miss more than you get. When you miss a steal you are putting your teammates in jeopardy, you are playing 4 on 5 basketball. So I am not worried about them only having 6 turnovers. I am not the kind of guy that looks at an opposing teams turnovers and thinks it should be higher. I just want ours to be lower.”

On the ugly fouls

“I thought we had some pretty good fouls. I thought those were some solid, hard fouls and those are good because we are a deep team. If a guy fouls out we have another guy that can step in and play.”

Andrew Bynum:
On getting fatigued tonight

“I still got tired. There is nothing to simulate going out and playing a bunch of minutes. Defense in general is pretty tough. It just takes time to get game legs and it will get better every day.”

Steve Blake:
On how to stay more consistent

“Stay confident and keep shooting. That is basically it. I have to keep getting shots up in practice. I am going to stay positive.”

Vinny Del Negro:
Re: DeAndre Jordan guarding Andrew Bynum

“I thought he did a much better job in the second half. [Andrew] Bynum’s long and big, we knew they were going to go inside to Pau [Gasol] and Andrew [Bynum] – especially with Kobe being out. We knew that was going to happen. They’re very long, they know each other really well.”

Re: The Lakers teamwork

“They’ve won championships for a reason. Obviously they were missing their key guy tonight but one guy doesn’t win it all. They have experience. They know how to play. They’re long. [Derek] Fisher played tonight with great experience. I thought they really got some good production from some other guys.”

Blake Griffin
On drawing the charge against Matt Barnes in 4th quarter

“It’s just one of those things where Coach Del Negro says to be prepared to take advantage of situations like that. He [Matt Barnes] pushed off, and you know I feel like that’s something we work on, making sure we are in our defensive positions and taking the charge.”

Chris Paul
On running the floor

“I enjoy seeing other people score. I score when I have to, but I enjoy getting into the lane, making everybody collapse and then kicking it out and seeing Caron Butler knocking shots down. I like throwing the lob to DJ [DeAndre Jordan] or kick it ahead to Blake [Griffin]. To see Blake get into a groove like that, that was exciting for me.”

Lakers Kobe Bryant (sprained right wrist) is out.
Steve Blake (sore right knee) is probable.
Devin Ebanks (sore right foot) is day-to-day.
Derrick Caracter (torn lateral meniscus, left knee) is out.

Eric Bledsoe(Torn right lateral meniscus)

Pre Season Game 1: 12/19 - LAC @ LAL L 114-95
Pre Season Game 2: 12/21 - LAL @ LAC


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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