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Clippers use fast start, hot three-point shooting to get blowout win over Lakers

Feb 15, 2013, 2:03 AM EDT

Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin

The Lakers hosted the Clippers in the second half of the televised double-header on Thursday, and with the first game between the Thunder and the Heat running a little long, almost five minutes had gone by in the first quarter in Los Angeles before the national audience saw any of it.

By the time TNT joined the game in progress, it was already over.

The Clippers were up 10-0 when the game’s broadcast went live, and it only got worse from there for the Lakers. The Clips scored 15 points before the Lakers registered their first, and the game was never in doubt as the Clippers beat their Staples Center roommates for the third time this season, this time by a final of 125-101.

Blake Griffin was the catalyst early, scoring 18 first-quarter points by himself when the Lakers as a team managed just 17. With only Dwight Howard available to put up any kind of fight defensively inside, the way the Clippers found Griffin with good passes or ball movement gave him consistent open looks that were too good to pass up.

Griffin was 7-8 from the field down low to start the game, while knocking down two uncontested outside jumpers to account for the rest of his field goals in the period. All of this went down as the Lakers struggled to find a rhythm offensively, and as a team missed several wide-open looks.

The Lakers briefly closed the gap in the second, opening the period with a 12-3 run behind eight points from Antawn Jamison. After a three from Jamison once again had the deficit at just three points with 2:34 remaining in the half, the Clippers put up a blistering 14 points to end the period, thanks to an eight-point spurt from Chauncey Billups, and three-pointers from Chris Paul and Matt Barnes that quickly put the Clippers back up by double digits.

It was a demoralizing end to the half for the Lakers after they had battled back into it, and that carried over into the third quarter where the Clippers essentially sealed the game with their shooting from three-point distance.

The first three shots the Clippers knocked down in the third were open looks from three; Caron Butler hit one, followed by two straight from Chauncey Billups on consecutive possessions. The Clipper lead was back up to 19 points less than two minutes into the second half, and quite honestly, the rest of the game played out as extended garbage time.

The Clippers finished 16-30 from three-point distance, but this is the devastation that they can bring when you let Griffin get going inside early. More than anything, this was a product of the Lakers’ defense, where the rotations have been suspect all season long, and are even more glaring now as the team plays with an injury-depleted roster.

Paul led the way with 24 points and 13 assists, while an efficient night from Kobe Bryant (20 points on 11-13 shooting, five rebounds, 11 assists) had no impact on the rest of his teammates.

This game was a fine example of all that is wrong with the Lakers, while at the same time showcasing why the Clippers may be very dangerous once the postseason begins.

  1. badintent - Feb 15, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    Sir Billups looked like his old self “Mr. Big shot”. Barkley doesn’t like their half court offense but I thnk it will only get better now that Chaucy is back.Griffen’s jump shot is getting better and with Bulter getting his 3 stroke back, this team can run and play half court well.The bench is so loaded that even Mr. Hill can’t get minutes. I think the real playoff matchup for Clippers is Spurs in the West Finals, not Thunder.

  2. progress2011 - Feb 15, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    Ran Outta the GYM !

    Uneducated Faker fans ……what happened to the 70 win prediction!!!

    1. You didn’t notice you didn’t have a bench
    2. You didn’t notice Nash can’t check NO BODY !!!
    3. You didn’t calculate Fake MJ wasn’t gonna pass the ball

    Clueless Faker Nation

  3. showtimefolks007 - Feb 15, 2013 at 3:13 AM

    It’s time for lakers to blow it up, and this is coming from a long time lakers fan. They need to decide are we gonna build around Dwight or are we gonna make a push to get Kobe another ring. If they want Dwight than I believe and I know I will be laughed at, the right thing to do will be to trade Kobe. To a team missing one player he could be what gets you over the hump. And lakers can still get. Great package back to build around Dwight

    Now I am a huge Kobe fan and he has a full no trade clause so I don’t see him going anywhere. We should look at trading Dwight for a package build around josh smith. That way pay can start and when he did before getting hurt he was putting up very good numbers

    Josh smith

    Starting 5

    Steve Blake

    And what other pieces they get back By trading Dwight. This team isn’t good enough to win this year so what makes anyone think it’s good enough to win next with same players but a year older?

    • Nostrils10 - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      what a dork..

  4. davidly - Feb 15, 2013 at 4:05 AM

    Take heart Lakers’ fans. Over the last ten, your team shares the eighth spot, and over the season is, remarkably, still only three-and-a-half games back of it. Plus, they’re the only sub-500 team with a positive point differential.

    • cosanostra71 - Feb 15, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      Yes, but close isn’t good enough. I want to see them win! Last night was ugly…

      • davidly - Feb 15, 2013 at 12:11 PM

        They aren’t quite good enough to win. I mean, hell, look at their side of the box score and you think, not bad… until you look at the Clippers box score. They are a better team. You cannot expect the Lakers to beat them, and if they had, everything would’ve gone right for the Lakers, and a bit would’ve had to’ve gone wrong for the Clippers.

        My take heart comment was more a reference to–and correction of–my opinion from a few weeks ago when I thought they didn’t have a chance in hell to make the playoffs. Now, although they haven’t closed the gap much, they are at least keeping pace.

        If they don’t lose heart (and long-term Gasolessness has yet to present itself) it appears they might be the cream of the sub-500 crop. But don’t expect them to beat division leaders.

  5. fanz928 - Feb 15, 2013 at 4:37 AM

    Why are the lakers not playing their offense through Howard?? It worked in Orlando and lakers have better players than magic playing through Howard would make lakers a better team… Now there’s one thing to change for lakers .. The Coach . He doesnt want to change his system then the lakers should just change him. His system is not for a old team !!!!!

    • raidmagic - Feb 15, 2013 at 7:52 AM

      Because Kobe won’t allow it.

    • abchome - Feb 15, 2013 at 8:54 AM


      Seriously they don’t have the shooters Orlando used to put around Howard.

      • eventhorizon04 - Feb 15, 2013 at 11:18 AM

        They don’t have the array of shooters that Orlando had – the Magic had players at PG, SG, SF, and PF who were good 3-point shooters – and also D’Antoni’s preferred style of offense isn’t anything like Stan Van Gundy’s system.

      • cosanostra71 - Feb 15, 2013 at 11:47 AM

        The Lakers do not have very many shooters and the ones they supposedly have have not been making shots.

    • paleihe - Feb 15, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      And Dwight isn’t fully healthy yet. When the ball was given to him in the post, in the games I’ve seen, he would miss an easy shot or turn it over.

      It was kinda pathetic.

  6. bucrightoff - Feb 15, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    It’s the coach being too much of a coward to take the ball away from Kobe. It’s amazing but somehow Vinnie Del Negro has become by far Los Angeles’ best basketball coach. Some improvement on his part, but D’Antoni is a disaster.

  7. ph53knowsall - Feb 15, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    Man, do the lakers stink!
    I really love to to see this fanbase suffer the way they are.
    What happens when Kobe retires?
    This team is going to be bad for awhile.

  8. omniusprime - Feb 15, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Brett Pollakoff needs remedial math! Brett how did Kobe score only 20 points on 11 for 13 shooting? Eleven two point baskets yields a minimum of 22 points. Either Kobe scored more than 20 or he was less efficient than 11-13.

    Do the Math!!!

  9. omniusprime - Feb 15, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Once again we see a monumental failure of coaching as the Lakers lose big. Dumbtoni is the worst coach in Laker history! Never has a coach gotten so little from so much talent as Dumbtoni. When will Dumbtoni be fired and when will the idiot sports pundits start pointing the finger of blame at Dumbtoni?

    The reason the Lakers have no defense is because Dumbtoni does’t have a clue about how to coach defense. The way the Lakers just gave up in the second half makes me so glad I went to bed instead of staying up to watch Dumbtoni’s Losers. When will the little idiot buss boy get smart and fire Dumbtoni?

    I send all of my best wishes to Dr. Jerry Buss, the best owner ever for any sports franchise in any sport! Thank you so much for all of the wonderful Laker memories of 10 championships. I just wish he’d leave the team to his smart child, Jeanie Buss, instead of to his devil spawn Jerky Boy Jimmy.

    Fire Dumbtoni!!! Trade Trash Nash!!! Trade Steve Flake!!! Get Well Dr, Buss!!!

  10. manchestermiracle - Feb 15, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Lakers get back within 3 with 2 1/2 left in the first half, but the game was “over” after 5 minutes?

  11. jerdogthompson - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:29 AM


    I think that comment you pointed out was merely stating that after opening the game 15-0 it was pretty much over. The fact the Lakers closed to within 3 with about 2 minutes in the half only to go in the locker room down by 12.

    That last statement of “how the Clippers may be dangerous come playoffs” is preposterous. Most people just don’t get how badly rotations were affected with CB out. Paul defers to CB and let’s him bring the ball across as CP prefers to work off the ball before getting it. If you look at the teams with the best home records (with exception of OKC which we lost by CP missing a last second chip shot) the Clippers have beaten them all. Playing at full strength the Clippers have just as much a chance at a ring than any team in the NBA.

  12. mat9844 - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    There is no longer a battle for L.A. The Clippers own that title now after last night’s rout.

  13. Nostrils10 - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    I don’t even bother watching the Lakers on primetime anymore… Slow starts, consistently bad defense, then you add in the phantom/ticky-tac/inconsistent calls, and annoyingggggg announcers..

    • cosanostra71 - Feb 15, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      Hey. Leave Stu out of this.

  14. 1historian - Feb 15, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    From the looks of the uniforms this happened on the Lakers’ home court, and it is probable that many movie stars, (hopefully Jack Nicholson among them) were in attendance.

    Life is good

  15. klownboy - Feb 15, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Sigh, poor Lakers.

    The good news is, Houston and Portland are not strong enough personnel-wise and mentally to hold off the Lakers for the #8 seed. Other than that, the Lakers are done.

  16. mazblast - Feb 15, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    The picture says it all. Griffin stuffing KoMe. I’m sure KoMe promptly went to the refs and demanded a foul be called, not because there was a foul but because he is KoMe.

  17. dannymac17 - Feb 15, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Lakers fans tears taste so DELICIOUS!!!!



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