Here are five takeaways from the
The reigning sixth man of the year played Tuesday after missing five weeks because of a severe right calf sprain that he sustained in a game March 2 against the
"He played all right," Clippers Coach
2. The Clippers are in a virtual tie with Memphis for third place in the West
With Tuesday's win the Clippers jumped from fifth to third place in the Western Conference, in a virtual tie with the
"I know that if we keep winning, then something good should happen," Rivers said.
3. The Lakers crowd was louder than the Clippers' crowd at times
The Clippers were playing on their homecourt but, at times, the Lakers fans seemed louder than the Clippers' contingency. Luckily for the Clippers, they have their best road record in franchise history, after winning their 25th away game in Sunday's 106-78 drubbing of the Lakers, which was on the Lakers' homecourt.
"I didn't care one way or another," Rivers said of the Lakers fan being loud. "I was happy the other night, I thought there was a ton of Clippers fans."
4. The Lakers finally made it a competitive game
The Clippers have won a franchise-best seven consecutive games over the Lakers, but at least Tuesday's game was competitive, the Clippers leading by only three points, 103-100, with 11.2 seconds left. In Sunday's 106-78 drubbing of the Lakers, the Clippers led by as many as 43 points while holding the Lakers to the fewest points they've ever scored against the Clippers. And 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.
5. The Clippers get a little break
The Clippers, who don't play again until they host the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday, have two days off before they practice on Friday. After playing Memphis, they host the