Lakers Gameday | 10/09/08 | Lakers vs. Clippers - Preseason Game 2
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.
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