first_imgThe Clippers (43-29) shot 53.6 percent from the field, and buried 15 of 32 3-point attempts. Their 133 points tied a season high.“It’s nice to kind of get in that groove and have a game where everything’s clicking,” said Clippers forward Blake Griffin, who had 12 points and eight assists in 26 minutes. “We’ve still got to be better in other games as well.”It was the Clippers’ 12th win in their last 13 games against the Lakers (20-51) and with it, they moved within a half-game of the Utah Jazz for fourth place in the Western Conference standings, and increased their lead on sixth-place Oklahoma City to two games.Chris Paul led the Clipper with 27 points, while J.J. Redick poured in 24 in just 17 minutes. They led eight Clippers in double-digit scoring. By virtue of winning their third straight game by a blowout margin, the Clippers were able to rest all of their starters in the fourth quarter.“Our backcourt is playing great the last two games,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “In the stretch we’re going through, this is good for them. We have a lot of games coming up, so this is nice whenever anyone can get rest.”Crawford’s half-court heave was actually the second Clippers buzzer-beater. Undefended near the end of the first half, Paul raced up the court and buried a 3-pointer from 28 feet right before halftime.The Lakers trailed 70-40 at halftime, and Coach Luke Walton left each of his starters on the bench to start the third quarter, opting instead for a lineup of Corey Brewer, David Nwaba, Tyler Ennis, Tarik Black and Thomas Robinson.“The most important message was that playing without a certain amount of effort isn’t going to be acceptable or tolerated,” said Walton, who added that a planned day off Wednesday will instead be a practice day. “To come out in front of our home fans and give that type of effort wasn’t right.”It was Robinson who provided a spark, although it meant little to the deficit. Robinson scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds in 10 minutes. He made 7 of 8 shots.The Lakers’ young stars all scored: Rookie Brandon Ingram had a team-high 21 points; Julius Randle added 19; D’Angelo Russell, in his second game starting next to Jordan Clarkson in the backcourt, scored 18. Rookie center Ivica Zubac added 17 points and seven rebounds. Clarkson was held to five points on 1-for-9 shooting.“He was never able to get in a rhythm,” Walton said of Clarkson. “He had a bad shooting night. But even if you have a bad shooting night, impact the game somewhere else.”More to come on this story. LOS ANGELES – Jamal Crawford took the ball in stride, toed the midcourt line, and heaved a half-court shot that soared and spun until it fell through the net as the third-quarter buzzer sounded.Moments later, a Lakers fan was trotted out to center court with an opportunity to shoot the same shot and win $100,000 as part of a between-quarters promotion. She took the ball, jogged to the line, twisted her body and uncoiled a shot that soared and spun until it landed well to the left and short of the basket. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIf anyone needed a report on the status of L.A. hoops, they needed to look no further. Those two shots, in a nutshell, summed up Lakers vs. Clippers on Tuesday.With the Clippers desperate to pile up wins and the Lakers eager to improve their odds in the NBA draft lottery, both sides achieved the necessary result at Staples Center, with the playoff-bound Clippers trouncing the Lakers, 133-109.The Lakers, fittingly, never led.last_img

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