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Chris Paul leads Clippers to convincing win over Lakers

Jan 5, 2013, 2:38 AM EDT

Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul dribbles the ball as Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant defends during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

The battle of Los Angeles turned out to be not much of a contest after all, and if you’ve been paying attention to the fortunes of the Lakers and Clippers to this point in the season, the end result shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise.

Chris Paul controlled the game from the very start, and behind a brilliant 30-point, 13-assist performance, he helped lead his team to a 107-102 win over L.A.’s substandard NBA squad.

The win propelled the Clips to a record of 26-8 on the season — a half-game ahead of the Spurs, and just percentage points behind the Thunder for the best record in the crowded and competitive Western Conference. The Lakers fell to two games below .500, good enough for just 11th place in an eight-team race for the postseason.

Paul was the reason why, and despite a couple of Laker runs, including a furious fourth quarter rally that cut a 19-point deficit to just two with a minute and a half to play, the Clippers proved to be the stronger team multiple times over the game’s 48 minutes.

Nine of Paul’s assists came in the game’s first 16 minutes, and by the time he left the game for the first time midway through the second quarter, he had his team up by 17 points.

The Lakers went on a huge run to cut that deficit to four, but it was back up to double-digits seemingly instantly after a reverse dunk from Blake Griffin that resulted in an and-one, after Pau Gasol defended like his shoes were made of stone.

Griffin finished with 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting in 29 minutes. Gasol was essentially nonexistent, finishing just 1-of-6 from the field for two points and four rebounds; a highlight reel of his performance from this game would be clips of him slowly taking the ball out of the basket to inbound it over and over again after the Clippers just scored.

Metta World Peace returned to the Lakers starting lineup, with Mike D’Antoni preferring to return Kobe Bryant to the two-guard spot for this matchup. It certainly helped Bryant, who was sensational on this night and ended up with 38 points on 15-of-25 shooting. But World Peace equalled Gasol’s shooting numbers, and with Bryant trying to carry the offensive load of essentially three starters, it simply wasn’t enough.

The Lakers needed a more aggressive offensive performance from Steve Nash in this one, on a night where no one beyond Bryant was able to do much of anything offensively on a consistent basis. He’s capable of much more than 12 points and 10 assists against four turnovers, and this was a game where he perhaps could have impacted the game offensively more than he chose to.

As expected, the much deeper Clippers team got a boost from its reserves, including active performances from former Lakers Matt Barnes and Lamar Odom. It just seemed as the Lakers fought their way back from large deficits again and again, that ultimately the Clippers would have an answer before things could get fully out of hand and swing entirely in the Lakers favor.

The final Lakers run came near the game’s finish, when they put together a 24-7 run that lasted over nine minutes, and brought the game back within a single possession. But Paul made sure his team would hang on, and hit the step-back 21-foot dagger over Bryant with 19 seconds left that all but sealed it.

  1. yankeepunk3000 - Jan 5, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    felt good been a clipper fan for years watching losing seasons and now they can shut up the lakers for a bit…I’m sick of hearing there fans…let’s win us some championship boys

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 5, 2013 at 7:42 AM

      you felt good about all the losing…………
      let’s win some championships……………win one first !

      oh boy, Clipper fans are going crazy…………………..

      hey, enjoy it, they are fun to watch but they will not erase all the Laker success, but I like
      what they are building, remember you have CP3 who will be a free agent..

      • charlescub80 - Jan 5, 2013 at 5:48 PM

        Looks like some Laker fans are having a rough time adjusting to being the OTHER team in LA.

  2. 32magicman - Jan 5, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    Why isn’t jamison getting a run? He had only 3 minutes of court time. Yet he gives gasol 30 minutes for a return of 2 points! Cmon dantoni! You are sinking this team!

  3. tigerpork - Jan 5, 2013 at 3:01 AM

    Lakers: showtime to slowtime

  4. yourfutureanalyst1 - Jan 5, 2013 at 4:14 AM

    The Lakers messed up when they started giving away money.. The have the bulk of their salary cap locked up in 4 players, 3 of which are on the WRONG SIDE OF 30!! Old and Slow is an understatement when it comes to this team. They are just NOT GOOD plain and simple. The Clippers look phenomenal and they are very young and athletic. They have their problems too but nothing like the Lakers. I often wonder what would have happened if CP3 actually went to the Lakers.

  5. e39er - Jan 5, 2013 at 4:27 AM

    Lakers need to trade Gasol for younger athletic wing/forwards who plays that lockdown D

    • idontevenwannaknow - Jan 5, 2013 at 9:56 AM

      Much easier said than done with Pau’s huge contract, but then again, they are the Lakers, they should have David Stern veto rights over all trades that they receive or propose right? Right…..

  6. johnclaytonsponytail - Jan 5, 2013 at 4:44 AM

    Cant believe the Hornets dropped the ball and didnt consider CP3 when trading Chandler. That was the beginning of the end. Otherwise we’d be talking about the Hornets in this position.

  7. nbascreed - Jan 5, 2013 at 4:48 AM

    A few things:

    1. The Lakers are NOT that good. I know the brand is there and Kobe is still elite and they have other “name” players, but Nash is not Top 5 at his position, neither is Pau and D12 is by default. Again, this edition of the Lakers is not that good.

    2. I agree with 39er, they really need to unload Pau. Not that his bad. He would flourish in a place like Houston, where he is the only post player. I also think that Pau wants out, he’s just too much of a Euro-beta male to demand it.

    3. Lamar Odom’s presence during their championship heyday is really underrated. Everyone thinks that Pau flourished at the 4…he didn’t. He flourished as a starting 4 but majority minutes 5. Odom was a highly skilled stretch 4, who maybe didn’t shoot it as well as Love or Dirk but definitely handled, play-made and scored as such.

    ktgotgame.com

  8. progress2011 - Jan 5, 2013 at 4:56 AM

    Pau is sly like a fox. There is no doubt in my mind, he is playing half speed to force the FAKERS to trade him. He still has a career left and shouldn’t be the fall guy any longer.

    The FAKERS seem to think he is so terrible … call the Buss boy and tell him to trade Pau to the Heat.

    Pau will return to form OVERNIGHT …because he will be playing with an unselfish player in LBJ, who will feed him early and often !

    Wanna-be-like Mike/ Harlem Globetrotter is CONSISTENTLY taking more shots than the 3 other stars of the team combined.

    kobe/ FAKE M.J. took 25 shots.

    Nash, Howard and Gasol COMBINED took 24 shots !

    Again, I conclude …Gasol is crazy like a fox ! He is trying to get outta FAKER-VILLE !!!

    The FAKERS got SPANKED and the Clips leading scorer (Crawford) didn’t even play ….ahahahahaha

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 5, 2013 at 7:45 AM

      your Raptors are not doing so well, but keep on cheering them on.

      and stop crushing on Pau.

    • moserftbl88 - Jan 5, 2013 at 10:56 AM

      You make yourself sound like a idiot every time you call all a team that has won 16 championships and has won two of the last 4 championships “FAKERS”

      • valiantdraws - Jan 5, 2013 at 2:08 PM

        It’s called supporting his team. You might think him an idiot, but real fans back their teams regardless of a losing record. Take a cue from soccer fans…they back their teams 100%, no matter how good, or how legendary, their opponents are.

        Take the Portland Timbers and the Seattle Sounders. Timbers Army will always call the Sounders the Flounders, even though Seattle has always been a much more successful team. He’s not being an idiot. He’s being a fan. And fans are what make the NBA thrive.

    • badintent - Jan 5, 2013 at 10:34 PM

      I agree on Pau , he has a degree in pre-med. Smart. As a colllege balller, and Slam Dunker, I have the street cred to tell ya’ll the following:
      High School ball played below the rim.
      College Ball played at the rim
      NBA ball played above the rim
      Clippers ABOVE THE BACKBOARD.
      Howard, Hill, Gasol, whatever, Griffen and Jordon Area 51 Lob City !!! That stuff on Star Wars Radar.

  9. ebrownwareagle - Jan 5, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    @progress2011

    And He ALSO has More Championships than Nash/Howard/and Pau Combined…. Further More You Don’t play half A$$ for two years STR8 following Back to Back Championships in an attempt to force a trade when YOU HAVE NEVER LEAD A TEAM TO THE PLAYOFFS! Pau Gasol really ain’t that Great! Good not GREAT! And @progrsss make sure when You finish swinging from MJ’S Balls, you release and do a Gymnastics Type Dismount. Land on ya feet b/c we don’t want you to hurt yourself. Ahahahahahaha….

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 5, 2013 at 8:10 AM

      he just mad cause the Raptors suck.

  10. BigBeachBall - Jan 5, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    If the Pelicans didn’t go bankrupt, this game would have looked very different…

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 5, 2013 at 8:12 AM

      you call them Pelicans, I’ll call them Swamp dogs, sounds more badass…..
      .or was that Mosquitos

    • scalfor3 - Jan 5, 2013 at 6:36 PM

      And if Memphis was a bigger market Kobe probably has two fewer rings. We could play “what if” forever, what’s your point?

  11. ebrownwareagle - Jan 5, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    And I have to recant slightly Pau went to the PO with Mem….

  12. abchome - Jan 5, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    It’s a stretch to call any win against the Lakers “convincing” these days. They are worse than the Smush Parker Lakers!

  13. rayray5227 - Jan 5, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    yes the Clippers got their win. but if I was them, id be kind of nervous. the Lakers arnt a very good team right now. their not completely healthy, they dont fit the mold of their coach and their old. Trading Pau for some youth wouldn’t be a bad idea. That being said, the Lakers proved that they can still hang with the big boys by playing great streches of defense late in the 4th and cutting a big 19 point lead to just 2. 1 if Kobe couldve sank the 3 that rolled out. Anyways what im seeing now is better movement on offense from them, they finally have a guy who can stretch the floor with Nash. Hes always been one of the best shooters in the game. Now why should this be a concern to the Clippers? Well they really struggle when you clamp down on Paul and force the team to play a half court set. They are really going to have to address that issue come playoff time when teams step up their defences and start fighting for each bucket. Also the Lakers couldve possibly won this game and Del Negro saw it, hence the hack-a-dwight tactic.

    And really Clippers gotta get their own city now if their gonna keep this team cuz last night really didnt feel like it was their homeground with the crowd eating up everything Kobe was doing.

  14. spthegr8 - Jan 5, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    @progress2011
    Sooooooo your a raptor fan huh????? It ALL make’s sense now. I see why you are such a bitter little “TROLL”!!!! If I was raptor fan, I’d be bitter also. I don’t know what’s worse, you being a raptor fan or your SICK obsession with Kobe???

    @ebrownwareagle
    He isn’t just swinging from Mj and Kobe’s balls………. He juggles them both simultaneously, like one of those clowns @ the circus!!! He swing’s better then Mary Lou Retton EVER could have dreamed of swinging!!

    • progress2011 - Jan 5, 2013 at 3:39 PM

      Silly little boy !!!

      Anyone say “ANYTHING” and you fall for it hook-line-and-sinker …..next someone will tell you I’m a FAKER fan….guess you will believe that too !!!! Ahahahahahaha

      I don’t have an obsession with Fake MJ.

      BUT

      kobe has spent his ENTIRE adulthood mimicking MJ (even down to the tongue wagging)….MJ should file a lawsuit for identity theft ……ahahahaha

      • badintent - Jan 5, 2013 at 10:39 PM

        And dealing with the same divorce lawyer too ! Gloria “the Terminator” Allred. Hot Damn !

  15. infectorman - Jan 5, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    old n slow, old n slow
    that’s the way the Fakers go
    so many steps lost
    so many bricks tossed
    point of no return’s been crossed
    old n slow, old n slow
    that’s the way KoME the Hun goes

    • badintent - Jan 5, 2013 at 10:45 PM

      Great. ! A rare combination of Yeats and Tu Pac. Please submit this to the Pulitzer committee for consideration for the $500 K poetry prize. Good luck and please continue to post this outstanding display of TwitterLA SoCentral and Ye Old Classic English.

    • cornbreadbbqred - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:57 AM

      Fine malt lyrics,
      from a hating clown ass, wanna be B-Real.

  16. spthegr8 - Jan 5, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    @infectorman
    I wonder how long it took you too come up with that oh so clever rhyme??? Either way, you should have worked on it longer because it SUCKED!!!! Don’t quit your day job.

    • infectorman - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:20 AM

      Wow, that’s harsh. To think, I spent all morning on that little verse just to win your approval.
      I am crushed that you don’t believe I have a future in poetry mocking the washed up Lakers, truly crushed. I’ll try to do a better job next time.

      • spthegr8 - Jan 5, 2013 at 1:14 PM

        @infectorman
        If you are gna ATTEMPT too be entertaining. The least you could do is be funny!!! Sorry, I didn’t mean too crush your dreams. My bad!!

  17. rjlink1 - Jan 5, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    I’m not sure that was a “convincing” win, unless you think Jamal Crawford’s presence would have made it a rout beyond reach. The Lakers decisively won the 4th quarter and pulled just about even at the end, with both teams at full strength. Not coincidentally with Pau (deservedly) on the bench. Kobe played as great as he ever has, but CP took this game.

  18. isujames - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Pau is a good player, the lakers don’t need that type of player in the middle to get back on top, they need a player like J Noah to replace Gasol but we all know that ain’t happening so be content with a average team all year until the end of the season when D. Howard jumps ship.

  19. BigBeachBall - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    take kobe out of the equation and you got nash, d12, howard, artest, and meeks….. that starting five would be killing it right now…. kobe is dragging his feet because of control issues…

  20. jerdogthompson - Jan 5, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Honestly felt the Clipps got a little bored and with every freaking call going the Lakers way (as if jaffrey wanted to give the crowd their monies worth) they managed to fight back into it. Lets face it though, Clipps dominated this game. Plus, they were missing Jamal, Chauncey & Hill. Or, the 6th man of the year, their starting 2 guard and a premier perimeter defender. Who were the Lakers missing? Oh yeah, Steve Blake. I’m certain HE would have been a major contributor. Quit hating and accept your position at the bottom of the WC ladies.

    Besides, we had to conserve what we could to handle the Warriors tonight. We OWE THEM BIGTIME!!!!

  21. jimeejohnson - Jan 5, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Lakers are like the Dodgers: they’re not playing up to their potential. Clippers are one of the best teams in the league, while the Lakers are clearly not.

    • scalfor3 - Jan 5, 2013 at 6:39 PM

      Whoever thumbed this down is in some serious denial

  22. thevza - Jan 5, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Although CP3 dominated the Lakers last night, David Stern was the real MVP of the game since he plucked Paul from the Lakers with his iron fist and and dropped him onto the Clippers roster in the first place. I will always be bitter about this…
    But seriously, did any Clipper besides Paul even sniff the ball in the final 2 minutes of the game? Isn’t that cause for concern in Clipper-land? You really had the feeling nobody would come through in the clutch besides CP3. One day he will get injured, or teams will figure out a way to prevent him from getting the ball in those situations, and then we’ll really find out how good this team really is.

  23. themagicfanguy - Jan 5, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    @abrownwareagle That’s funny. Pau isn’t that good? The Lakers were garbage and sinking fast until he arrived, then BOOM they get two rings. Kobe is great, but the majority of any credit for his rings goes to Shaq and Pau. Without Shaq, there is no 3peat. Without Pau, there wouldn’t be the two more recent titles. They were winning when Gasol was the offensive focus in the post, as soon as they stopped doing that they started losing. Also, good luck trading him, he’s getting old even though he’s still talented, and his contract is unwieldy.

    • badintent - Jan 5, 2013 at 10:52 PM

      Yes, WE all remember the Beatdown the Suns put on them in the first round of the playoffs with no Gasol. Funny, all we hear now is the bitter Laker fans whining about the Stern Paul no-no but what aboutStern approving the Steal of Gasol from Gizz to Lakers ? Wheel turns full circle , don’t it ! Karma.

  24. musician0785 - Jan 5, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    nvr seen this many clip fans in my life…..and im from LA…

  25. jerdogthompson - Jan 5, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Thevza

    Whenever I hear someone say Stern plucked CP3 from the Lakers I laugh at their ignorance.

    Do your homework meat. The one and only reason the deal fell through was one reason. Jason Smith (same douche that got suspended 2 games for slamming BG). He wanted a long term contract and the LAKERS SAID NO. Quit freaking saying it was Stern. It was Kupcake/Buss that screwed the deal. Just another mistake made by the omnipotent FO if the classy Fakers.

    Do your homework before running you’re mouth meathead.

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