By now there are no surprises left in the
The final score Sunday certainly didn't present one — 106-78,
The Lakers kept stumbling toward lottery land while the Clippers hosted an in-game dunk contest against the team that fell 31 games behind them in the standings.
It's true. The Lakers are 20-56, the Clippers 52-26 and, in a really bad news cycle for the Lakers, they play again Tuesday. In a designated Clippers home game. With sixth man Jamal Crawford possibly returning for the Clippers after a monthlong absence because of a calf injury.
Blake Griffin had 18 points,
That one had the awkward postgame moment of the year, former Lakers coach
There were no audible noises through the wall this time, but the excitement went out of Staples Center long before the final points were scored.
Lakers fans started heading for the exits midway through the fourth quarter, their team well on the way to a sixth consecutive loss against the Clippers for the first time ever.
"We just can't turn it up like they can," Lakers Coach
Another impressive play was Paul's off-the-backboard pass to Griffin in a three-on-none toward the end of the third quarter.
"I thought he was going to bounce it. He thought he was going to bounce it," Griffin said laughing. "When he threw it off [the backboard], it skimmed the rim. So I was like thinking to myself, 'Don't mess this up.'"
The Clippers' starters left for good with an 83-54 lead after the third quarter. The Lakers were shooting 35% at the time and already racked up an asinine 16 turnovers.
Wesley Johnson had 16 points, Tarik Black had 10 points and nine rebounds, and that might have been all to document for the Lakers, except Jordan Clarkson fell back after a surge in stats, totaling only two points on one-for-six shooting and three assists.
The Clippers didn't only dominate with dunks. Paul drew a murmur from the crowd after dribbling through the legs of Lakers forward Carlos Boozer near half court.
Then he streamed down the right side, blew past Lakers rookie Jabari Brown and fed Austin
"I think they feel they can go all the way and win the championship. That's how they should feel," Scott said before the game. "I wouldn't be surprised if they got to the Western Conference finals or to the
The Clippers have won 10 of their last 11 games against the Lakers, not that Coach Doc Rivers was counting.
"We have to win for a long time. The Lakers, their footprint's here and it's going to be here forever, and it should be," he said.
"I don't get into that [intra-city] 'competition'… their footprint's pretty solid. It's