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Thursday, March 6, 2014
STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
Clippers Blowout Lakers Again 142-94
By Joe Resnick on Thursday, March 6, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) Blake Griffin had 20 points and 11 rebounds during three thunderous quarters by the Los Angeles Clippers, who routed the Lakers again 142-94 Thursday night to extend their winning streak to a season-best six games.
It was the most lopsided loss in Lakers history.
Darren Collison had a team-high 24 points while starting at shooting guard for the injured Jamal Crawford. Chris Paul added 13 points and 11 assists for the Clippers, who apparently are trying to make up for decades of humiliation at the hands of the Lakers all in one season; they've won the last two meetings by a combined 84 points.
This was the Clippers' largest victory margin over their longtime tormentors, and their sixth victory in the last seven meetings - including a four-game sweep last season.
The last time the teams met on Jan. 10, the Clips won 123-87.
The Clippers are 35-98 against the Lakers since moving to Los Angeles from San Diego for the 1984-85 season, including 19-39 during their 15 seasons at Staples Center.
Pau Gasol had 21 points for the Lakers, the home team for the third of four meetings this season between the Staples Center co-tenants. They also faced each other in the season opener, which the Lakers won 116-103.
The Clippers had a 64-33 rebounding advantage and increased their lead in the Pacific Division to 4 1-2 games over Golden State. They're 21 1-2 ahead of the last-place Lakers (21-41).
The Lakers are one defeat away from clinching the franchise's first losing season since 2004-05 - when newly hired coach Rudy Tomjanovich resigned midway through the team's 34-48 season.
This one reached blowout proportions early. The Clippers stormed to a 73-40 halftime lead with the help of a 21-1. The arena started emptying after the third quarter ended 109-60.
Griffin notched his 36th double-double and is riding a career-best streak of 21 games with 20 or more points.
Crawford (left calf strain) sat out for the third straight game. Forward Jared Dudley (back spasms) missed his first of the season.
Jordan Hill didn't play for the Lakers because of a sore right knee.
NOTES: Renowned sports medicine specialist Dr. Frank Jobe, who died Thursday at age 88, was a consultant for many years with the Lakers in addition to his groundbreaking work with his innovative Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. ... Griffin is averaging 21.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 51.5 percent from the field in 14 career games against the Lakers; the Clippers have won eight of them. ... Danny Granger, playing his second game with the Clippers after signing as a free agent last Friday, picked up his first three fouls during a 2 1-2 minute span early in the second quarter. He finished with 10 points in 19 minutes. ... The season series concludes on April 6 with a nationally televised matinee.
2013-14 Series Notes: The Lakers and Clippers are currently tied 1-1 in their season series.
All-Time Series Notes: Los Angeles lost the 2012-13 season series with the Clippers 0-4 after
taking the previous year’s three-game series 2-1 ... The two teams have met 198 times overall and
on 132 occasions since the Clippers moved to Los Angeles ... The Lakers lead the all-time series
144-54 (98-34vs. LAC) ... The Lakers have lost three season series in franchise history (2012-13,
1992-93 & 1974-75) to the Clippers ... The Lakers are 4-6 in their last 10 games overall against the
Clippers ... The Lakers are 22-6 all-time against the Clippers in home games at STAPLES Center
but had their 9-game home win streak against the Clippers snapped in their first meeting of the
2012-13 season (11/2/12) ... On the road against the Clippers, the Lakers are 3-7 in their last 10
games as a visitor at STAPLES Center ... In recent series history, with a victory on 4/7/13, the
Clippers achieved their longest win streak (4 games) against the Lakers since moving to Los
Angeles from San Diego in 1984 ... During the 2009-10 season, 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, Bryant posted his 16th career triple-double with 18 points,
10 rebounds and 12 assists ... In 64 career games against the Clippers (56 starts), Bryant is
averaging 25.9 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)
Connections: Clippers F Matt Barnes played two seasons (2010-12) with the Lakers before signing with the Clippers, averaging 7.3 points and 4.9 rebounds in 116
games... Barnes previously played with Lakers C Chris Kaman on the Clippers during the 2003-04 season... Kaman was drafted by the Clippers with the 6th
in the 2003 NBA Draft, and played eight seasons for the team, averaging 11.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks over 493 games... Kaman played with Clippers G
Darren Collison on the Dallas Mavericks last season… Lakers G Nick Young played 22 games for the Clippers in 2011-12 after being traded midseason by the
Washington Wizards… Clippers G Jared Dudley and F Barnes played with Lakers G Steve Nash on the Phoenix Suns during the 2008-09 season, while Dudley and
Nash also played together during the 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons... Lakers assistant coach Kurt Rambis coached Clippers C Ryan Hollins in the 2009-10
season when Rambis was head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
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Injury Report - LAKERS
- Kobe Bryant:
(fractured left knee) is out
- Steve Nash:
(nerve root irritation) is out
- Nick Young:
(sore knee) is out
Injury Report - CLIPPERS
- Jamal Crawford:
(calf) is questionable
- J.J. Redick:
(back) is out
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