Lakers' bite matches bark in dogfight with Clippers [Video]
There was roaring, growling and even some uninvited petting in an utter dogfight between the Lakers and Clippers on Wednesday night.
The Lakers won, 96-91, trying the teams' season series at 1-1.
There were six technical fouls assessed in the game, four to the Lakers, two to the Clippers.
Tensions ran high through the final seconds of the game, highlighted by an odd sequence with 1.1 seconds remaining in which Pau Gasol rubbed the top of Chris Paul's head.
Paul found the gesture condescending, recoiled, then promptly reached his hand up to Gasol's mane to return the favor.
That was just one of the many chippy incidents that littered the game.
Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 24 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
Gasol had 23 points and 10 rebounds. Andrew Bynum contributed 19 points and six rebounds. Rookie Andrew Goudelock scored 14 points and Derek Fisher added 11.
In the video above, The Times' Melissa Rohlin and Mark Medina talk about the Lakers' win, which snapped their three-game losing streak and added fuel to the seething rivalry between the two teams.
-- Melissa Rohlin