Derby night, but additionally the descent at Angelsbetween “finest enemies” James LeBron (46 factors, 8 rebounds, 7 assists) and Kawhi Leonard (25 factors, 9 rebounds), in addition to between former teammates Russell Westbrook (17 factors, 5 passes) et Paul George (27 factors, 9 rebounds).
Nevertheless, there was no photograph between the 2 groups on the courtroom, as a result of Shears dominated with out coercion Lakers (133-115), constructing on a one-sided first half. After that, they simply needed to hold the lead after the break, regardless of the try come again “Purple & Gold”, finally too brief.
WHAT TO REMEMBER
— A fiery first half for the Clippers. Pushed by an insane total speech (64%) and a brazen 3-point success (15/22, or 68%!), Tyronn Lue’s males gave the Lakers a basketball lesson within the first interval. With twenty factors to go (77-54), they collectively knocked their neighbors down, not letting them breathe from the primary to the final minute of this half. This present of collective energy, stamped by Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Norman Powell, Terance Mann and Reggie Jackson, made life simpler for the Clippers within the second half.
— Get up too late for the Lakers. Overwhelmed by a first-half the place they watered down protection, LeBron James’ teammates tried to get again into aim within the second half, however the stride was approach too excessive for them. Benefiting from a barely decrease tackle on the Clippers’ aspect, notably the 3-pointer, whereas their tally went up because of LeBron, “Purple & Gold” thought they might take down their opponents within the fourth quarter, however Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Reggie Jackson had been keeping track of the grain . A logical failure and a real type of impotence.
— Clippers invincibility continues. Undefeated in opposition to the Lakers since July 30, 2020, the Orlando “bubble” period, the Clippers now have ten wins in a row in opposition to their California neighbors. It is easy: since Tyronn Lue took workplace as head coach Clippers, as a substitute of Doc Rivers, the latter has not misplaced to LeBron James, Anthony Davis and others. Greater than ever, Los Angeles is blue, white and crimson, however that has nothing to do with the presence of Nicolas Batum…
✅ James LeBron. The person of all data struck once more, changing into the one participant in historical past to attain greater than 40 factors in opposition to all 30 NBA groups and set his “profession excessive” for baskets at 3 factors in a sport. Individually, however sadly too alone, the “King” tried all the things to assist the Lakers preserve contact within the first interval after which choose up the rating within the second. Besides that earlier than the collective powerhouse, the Clippers could not do a lot, and upon arrival, it places a brand new tab within the void for the quadruple MVP…
✅ Clippers Collective. In fact, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, but additionally Norman Powell (22 factors), Reggie Jackson (19 factors, 5 assists) and Terance Mann (17 factors). To say that Tyronn Lue’s males had a lot to do within the assault is an understatement, as hazard may come from wherever. Behind LeBron James, the Lakers must have such a collective strike power because the Powell-Jackson-Mann trio gained a slew of awards whereas the Leonard-George duo was liable for the mid-game penalty. distance or in paint (and even at a distance, for “PG13”).
⛔ Schroeder/Beverley duo. We may additionally point out Russell Westbrook, removed from being an inspiration in taking pictures (4/13, together with 1/4 from 3-pointers), however the 2017 MVP had no less than the benefit of compensating for his clumsiness by making, for instance, a line (8/ 13 in throws) and a number of other passes with the cube. Alternatively, nonetheless within the lead, the contributions of Dennis Schröder and Patrick Beverley (complete 10 factors, out of 4/17, together with 2/9 out of 3-points…) weren’t sufficient. The extra that they had been additionally dominated defensively by Reggie Jackson and Terance Mann, to not point out Norman Powell…
⛔ Marcus Morris damage exit. The Clippers’ solely draw back that night time was an damage to their winger, clearly injured within the ribs, who didn’t return to the sport after leaving the sphere within the first quarter. That actually did not cease his crew from profitable, however it can nonetheless be obligatory to observe his well being whereas Luke Kennard and John Wall are already caught in sickbay.
L.A. Lakers (22-26) : back-to-back in opposition to San Antonio, on the night time of Wednesday to Thursday (04:30).
L.A. Clippers (26-24) : San Antonio reception, Thursday-Friday night time (04:30).