Lakers vs Clippers: Lakers win on Derek Fisher's last-second shot
Lakers 87, Clippers 86 (final)
The city rivalry between the Lakers and Clippers, who share the Staples Center, played out in front of a packed house Wednesday night, giving the fans a lot to cheer about because the game came down to the end.
And the Lakers got the win on a layup by Derek Fisher with 0.1 seconds left, over the extended arm of Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, giving the Lakers an exciting victory.
Fisher had just six points, but his last two were needed the most.
Eric Gordon had passed to Jordan for a dunk that gave the Clippers an 86-85 lead with 15.5 seconds left.
Kobe Bryant (24 points) was fouled with 3.1 seconds left by Gordon, but the Clippers had a foul to give.
That left it up to Fisher, who drove past Clippers rookie Eric Bledsoe and made a floater just before the buzzer sounded.
The offcials looked at the replay of Fisher's last-second shot and ruled the shot good.
Clippers 71, Lakers 65 (end of third quarter)
It was the Lakers who fell into a hole and had to try and climb out of it against a Clippers team that was playing harder and with more determination in the third.
The Lakers went down by 12 points in the quarter.
But behind the play of Shannon Brown, the Lakers closed to within six points.
Brown had 11 of his 15 points in the third. He made three consecutive three-pointers, including a 52-foot shot that went through the net just before the buzzer.
The Lakers had gotten some momentum heading into the fourth.
Blake Griffin had eight of his 12 points in the third for the Clippers.
Clippers 43, Lakers 41 (end of first half)
Already down starting center Andrew Bynum (right knee) and backup center Theo Ratliff (left knee), the Lakers lost rookie power forward Derrick Caracter to a sprained left ankle in the first quarter.
Caracter, who was clipped by teammate Kobe Bryant, didn't return to the game after he limped to the locker room.
The Lakers never got in synch during the second quarter and wound up down by two points at the half.
The Lakers made just 38.1% of their first-half shots.
Bryant had 10 points.
Clippers rookie Eric Bledsoe had nine points and four assists in the first half.
The Clippers were hurt even more when rookie Blake Griffin picked up his third foul with 4:23 left in the second.
Griffin played just nine minutes in the first half. He had four points and five rebounds.
Lakers 20, Clippers 18 (end of first quarter)
The Lakers took an 8-0 lead, but as they have done so often, they didn't close out the quarter very well, and were up by ony two points on the Clippers.
The Lakers shot 36.8% from the field in the first, the Clippers 31.8%.
The Lakers suffered yet another injury when rookie power forward Derrick Caracter limped to the locker room late in the first quarter.
The first quarter didn't go well for the Clippers when their prized rookie, Blake Griffin, picked up two early fouls and had to take a seat on the bench. It didn't help the Clippers when center DeAndre Jordan also picked up two fouls, putting him on the bench as well.
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The Lakers have let go of their victory over the Washington Wizards and are focused on playing the Clippers as the visiting team at Staples Center on Wednesday night.
The Lakers were not happy they blew most of a 19-point, third-quarter lead against the Wizards on Tuesday night at home.
They know they are not finishing games, something Coach Phil Jackson discussed.
Jackson also talked before Wednesday night's game about how Clippers power forward Blake Griffin is a force for his team.
It will be up to Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol to try to keep Griffin off the offensive backboards.
-- Broderick Turner