The Clippers won a franchise-best seven straight games over the Lakers, but the Clippers' starters did not have the luxury of resting in the fourth quarter this time around.
The Lakers cut the Clippers' 12-point second-half lead to one, 89-88, with just under five minutes remaining after
The Lakers countered with a 6-1 run, and in the final 15.7 seconds,
It was a far cry from Sunday's 106-78 drubbing of the Lakers, in which the Clippers led by as many as 43 points while holding the Lakers to the fewest points they've ever scored against the Clippers.
With Tuesday's win, the Clippers (53-26) are in a virtual tie with the
The Clippers only have three games remaining in the regular season.
The Lakers (20-57) were led by
Entering Tuesday's game, the Clippers had won their last six games against the Lakers by an average of 26.6 points, including a 142-94 win on March 6 of last year that was the Lakers' worst loss in franchise history.
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The Clippers' superstar point guard had 11 points in the quarter for the Clippers, making five of his seven field-goal attempts after going zero for three in the first half. He has 17 points, five rebounds and six assists on the game.
The Clippers pushed their lead to as many as 12 points -- their biggest advantage of the game -- before
Clarkson was the fouled on the Lakers' next possession and made both of his free throws to give the Lakers a 5-0 run, and cut the Clippers' lead to seven points heading into the fourth quarter.
Clarkson leads the Lakers with 20 points, four rebounds and three assists while
Tarik Blake had back-to-back dunks at the top of the quarter for the Lakers. He has 14 points on five-of-eight shooting and eight rebounds.
The Clippers went up by double-digits for the first time in the game, leading by as many as 11 points as they outscored the Lakers, 21-14, on the quarter.
The reigning sixth man of the year, who is the king of continuation plays, hit a 21-foot fadeaway jumper at the top of the quarter, and was fouled by
Crawford had two points on one for two shooting in eight minutes.
The Lakers were led by Jordan Clarkson, who had 10 points and four rebounds.
The Clippers are outshooting the Lakers from the field, 46.2% to 30.4%, and from beyond the three-point line, 35.7% to 15.4%.
The Clippers led by as many as nine points before the Lakers went on a 7-0 run to cut their deficit to two.
The Clippers outshot the Lakers from the field, 42.9% to 33.3%, and from beyond the three-point line, 37.5% to 20%.
Just in case anyone missed it, he followed that sequence with yet another dunk on the Clippers' next possession. Jordan had four points and five rebounds.
The Clippers have won a franchise-best six games in a row over the Lakers, most recently beating them on Sunday, 106-78.
In that game, the Clippers led by as many as 43 points and held the Lakers to the fewest points they've ever scored against the Clippers.
This game could have playoff implications for the Clippers (52-26), who are in fifth place in the Western Conference, 1 1/2 games behind the second-place
The Lakers (20-56) have been eliminated from playoff contention and are in second-to-last place in the West.