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Lakers vs. Clippers: Lakers lose; game turns ugly with four ejections

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Clipppers 99 Lakers 92 (final )

A close, competitive game between crosstown rivals turned messy at the end, resulting in four players getting ejected.

The 12-point lead the Lakers had in the third quarter quickly all but dissolved near the end of the quarter.

Because the Lakers couldn't stop the Clippers' onslaught in the fourth quarter, the Lakers had their seven-game winning streak snapped.

Pau Gasol, who had his hands full with Clippers rookie Blake Griffin, fouled out with 5.7 seconds left.

Things turned ugly with 5.7 seconds left after Randy Foye made a free throw for a 99-90 Clippers lead.

Lamar Odom and Griffin became entangled, with Odom grabbing Griffin's jersey.

Baron Davis and Ron Artest both joined the scrum.

In the end, Odom, Griffin, Artest and Davis all were ejected. Griffin finished with 10 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter.

Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 27 points.

Eric Gordon had 30 points to lead all scorers.

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Lakers 71, Clippers 68 (end of third quarter)

With 13.8 seconds left in the third quarter, after no foul was called on a shot, Andrew Bynum argued just enough with the officials to be given a technical foul.

Earlier in the quarter, behind the defense of Bynum, the Lakers had raced to a 12-point lead.

But after Gordon made a three-pointer just before the third-quarter buzzer, the Clippers had gotten to within three points entering the fourth quarter.

Bynum had two of his three blocked shots in the third quarter.

The Lakers had four blocked shots in the third.

Kobe Bryant has 22 points on eight-of-15 shooting with eight rebounds and four assists to lead the Lakers. Bynum has 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Pau Gasol has 13 points and six rebounds.

Gordon has 22 points on 10-of-16 shooting to go with four assists and three steals through three quarters. DeAndre Jordan continued to play well for the Clippers with eight points and 15 rebounds, and Blake Griffin was struggling with eight points on three-of-12 shooting with seven rebounds.

Lakers 45, Clippers 44 (end of first half)

The Lakers had a bettter effort in the second quarter, holding the Clippers to 17 points.

Lamar Odom played a big role in that.

Odom entered the game and did a good job on Clippers prized rookie power forward Blake Griffin.

Odom scored over Griffin and drew a foul on him early in the second quarter. Odom also took a charge on Griffin in the second, sending him to the bench with his third foul.

Odom finished the first half with eight points, five rebounds and two blocked shots. Griffin had only two points, on one-for-six shooting, and five rebounds.

Pau Gasol led the Lakers with 11 points. Andrew Bynum had eight points and seven rebounds and Kobe Bryant had eight points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal in the half.

Eric Gordon led the Clippers with 13 points on six-of-10 shooting from the field while Baron Davis, who made two of three three-pointers, had 10 points and four assists in the half. DeAndre Jordan has six points and 11 rebounds.

Clippers 27, Lakers 22 (end first quarter)

The Lakers couldn't make any of their shots, shooting only 38.9% from the field in the first quarter.

The Clippers, on the other hand, made 52.2% of their shots.

But the Clippers got plenty of dunks from center DeAndre Jordan and power forward Blake Griffin, which helped them shoot a high percentage. Jordan had six points on three-for-five shooting.

Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with seven points in the first quarter.

Pregame

Since the Lakers last played the Clippers on Dec. 8, a game the Lakers won on a last-second shot by Derek Fisher, the Clippers have made some big strides.

Lakers Coach Phil Jackson has noticed.

The Clippers have won eight of their last 12 games, including a rout of the Miami Heat.

"I think they are better at both their offense and their defense," Jackson said. "Both things have come a long way for them. They have kind of found a unit that they are playing with, that they are comfortable with."

Jackson was asked if Clippers rookie  Blake Griffin should be on the All-Star team. Griffin will be in the dunk contest. But many are saying he should be an All-Star as well.

The high-flying power forward is averaging 22 points and 12.7 rebounds a game.

"That's hard for me to say," Jackson said.

Jackson said there is Kevin Love, Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki, Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph to consider.

"There's a zillion of these forwards out there that have played very well in the West," Jackson said.

 -- Broderick Turner

Photo: Clippers guard Eric Gordon looks to pass after driving to the basket against Lakers big men Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum in the first half Sunday afternoon. Credit: Gus Ruelas / Associated Press

 
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No doubt the Clippers have improved but Staples Center IS THE LAKERS HOUSE! Don't forget it!

Pau needs to be benched. guy is a wimp!!

Man our Lakers got punked today! Can't believe the numbers Blake Griffin dropped on Pau, it's embarrassing. 18 points and 15 rebounds on the way to 20 points if he didn't get ejected! Paul managed only 13 points and 8 rebounds before fouling out. Lamar was even worse scoring just 10 points with 6 boards. I don't see how he can make a case for the All-Star team over Griffin when he gets out-classed like this by the rookie, the second time in a row actually. Maybe he knows this which lead him to start that tussle with Griffin who calmly walked away. No way him or Artest deserved to get tossed. Didn't help us anyway since there was just 5 seconds left and we were down by 9 points. All I have to say is I hope the Clippers don't crawl up into the 8th seed and meet us in the 1st round. It'll guarantee a L.A. team in the 2nd round, but it may not be us.

GO LAKERZ!!!

This again will be the biggest Clipper game of the year. Big deal, so they won one? This is their playoffs. In Laker land, we play in the Summer for rings.
By the way, Griffin is a dunking, no shooting, ugly human.

Surprisingly, I agree with John.

When they beat Miami, I said the exact same thing. Teams under .500 play their hearts out against elite teams. So for the Clippers, they've just won the NBA Finals. Two of their biggest wins this season have come against Miami and the Lakers. Although Miami has lost 3 in a row, they will still be in the playoffs. The Clippers are lucky they don't have to go that far to see the Lakers play in the playoffs though, hahaha!

@John Way to keep up the Lakerz love, I know it was a tough loss for us and looking at the big picture makes this much easier to swallow! Only 2 of Griffin's 18 points were from dunks, the man was all over our boys in the post, making crazy spin moves and our boys looking like scarecrows out there. And they say this was an "off-night" for him cause of early foul trouble. Keep up on the situations so you don't make us Lakerz Nation look like ignorance. Represent!

GO LAKERZ!!!

@John, Lakerz4life24 & Laker fanm, KUDOS!!!!! @HeatFan..Pretty decent Post!

The Lakers are having problems with young, athletic teams. They better get it together fast or its gonna be a 2nd round exit in the playoffs this year....
The Clips keep improving and as long as they can keep the injuries in check, they can make a serious push for a playoff spot.
If you don't think Blake Griffin is not a beast of a ball player, either you dont know basketball or or those purple sunglasses are really impairing your vision.. Ask Kobe who would he rather have right now, Blake or Gasol??

I am not looking forward to the day Kobe retires, most of you so called "laker fans" are gonna go out and buy HEAT jerseys the day after anyway..

@ HeatFan (Recently Turned)

the last 3 games showed you're gonna need ALL THREE OF THOSE GUYS to win because Bosh is soft and Wade is injury prone and they won't hold up in the long run... good luck..

a W is a W ! eat it lakes .. :)

The Lakers are having problems with young, athletic teams. They better get it together fast or its gonna be a 2nd round exit in the playoffs this year....
The Clips keep improving and as long as they can keep the injuries in check, they can make a serious push for a playoff spot.
If you don't think Blake Griffin is not a beast of a ball player, either you dont know basketball or or those purple sunglasses are really impairing your vision.. Ask Kobe who would he rather have right now, Blake or Gasol??

Posted by: CommonSense Ben | January 16, 2011 at 04:13 PM

I agree I'm a Laker Fan here in Memphis
After the Lakers got blasted by Memphis I had to take it now I know that I'm gonna have to take it after losing to the Clippers and I love Blake Griffin
I agree with you Common Sense the Lakers should have addressed this point guard issue two seasons ago. There is no way with the league becoming a point guard league I would have signed F Fish for three more years. The Clippers are gonna become the LA team that wins and the Lakers are gonnafade away during Bynum's prime time. I still Love Pau and I know that he disappears at times but I still believe a point guard that could penetrate with this front line would do wonders for this team. Steve Blake is not the answer and Westbrook is gonna have a field day.
2nd point and with the high salaries they aren't gonna be able to sign Eubanks and Character next season. This all boils down to the problem I have always had with Phil Jackson not playing Rookies.

12 assists, 12 turnovers? We deserve to lose. Lakers usually win when they have >21 assists.

WHAT GOOD IS DEREK FISHER,ok he's a nice guy,he hits a few shots on occasion,he draws a few charges but he absolutely sucks at stopping opposing point guards,he can't create his own shot,he can't penetrate,he's just old,absolutely the worst point guard in the league,he's had a good career but it's time for the Lakers to move forward into finding a more conventional pg,D Fish days are over !

all the lakers need is a coach who can make the team play
with some urgency why is it that most of the point guards
that the lakers have traded are playing great with their new
teams.bench fisher keep luke on the bench.how can you play
point guard and only get two points and 2 assist a game.no
other team or coach would start any player with that kind of
record.hopefully this is pj last season as coach,and hopefully all his assistant retire with him if not the owner
should fire them because that what the team is lacking no
coaching and teaching.bynum need to be told to quit question
the official call because it dont work that way,just play
ball.again a coach who is hungry will get better result from
the team than pj he is just going through the motion any other olwner would fire him.

@lakerz4life24
"All I have to say is I hope the Clippers don't crawl up into the 8th seed and meet us in the 1st round."
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The chances of the Clippers getting into the 8th is like the chances of them winning a championship this decade! The Lakers & Heat were playing horribly! At their best, they would send them home like the Lakers did with the Cavs!

@CommonSense Ben
You're right to a certain extent. There have been plays where I've yelled at the tv because Bosh let point guards get into the paint without putting a body on them. Namely the play where Rondo got into the paint and dunked and Saturday when Rose got into the paint for an easy layup.
As a whole though, the same can be said for any team with 3 "star" players. If the Lakers want to win, they need Kobe, Gasol, and Bynum to win. Look at Dallas. Dirk and Caron Butler were out and they started losing. If the Spurs lost Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu, they'd start losing as well.

I'm not sure if "recently turned" means I'm a recently turned Heat fan, but I live in Miami.

One thing is for sure though. The Lakers haven't gotten any better but the teams around them have. They have yet to beat a solid playoff contender and although it's not time to panic, it is time for them to pick up the pace and play championship ball.

@HeatFan
"They have yet to beat a solid playoff contender and although it's not time to panic, it is time for them to pick up the pace and play championship ball. "
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I am a long time Laker Fan but I do agree with u there! The clippers are competitive but the Lakers should have won that easily! I do agree with Lamar's post game statement about Griffin pounding his back through out the game. You're already up by 9! What's all the rough defense for? Griffin and especially ware-wolf Davis need to realize that they're in Laker town! Good luck trying to make the playoffs!


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