Given they have a losing record at home (8-10), the Lakers didn't fare any better in this road game, starting with a defenseless first quarter by yielding 43 points to the Clippers.
The Lakers mustered only eight points in the third quarter while giving up 31. The Clippers led by as many as 43 points, despite playing without All-Star point guard
The Lakers were also outrebounded, 56-47.
The Lakers (14-23), who have lost 10 of their last 11, are off until Tuesday when they host the
The Clippers (26-13) also get a break, hosting the
The Lakers simply didn't compete in the third quarter.
The Clippers dominated with 31 points while the Lakers scored only eight in the quarter, falling behind by as many as 42 points.
Clippers power forward
Clippers point guard
The Lakers are shooting only 33.3% from the field for the game while allowing the Clippers to make 51.4% of their shots.
The fireworks were in the first quarter as both teams played a relatively even game in the second.
After committing nine turnovers in the first quarter, the Lakers had only three in the second. After allowing the Clippers to shoot 70.8% from the field in the opening quarter, the Lakers improved a bit defensively, getting the Clippers down to 48% through 24 minutes.
Nonetheless, the Lakers didn't make up any ground, with both teams scoring 27 in the quarter.
Clippers power forward
has 14 points to lead the Lakers, who are shooting 44.2% from the field. Point guard
contributed 12 points and four assists.
For a brief stretch midway through the first quarter, the Lakers looked like they might make a game of it against the Clippers, scoring eight consecutive points to erase most of an early double-digit deficit.
Then the bottom fell out.
The Clippers generated nine Lakers' turnovers, scoring 43 points in the quarter. Power forward
The Clippers made 70.8% (17 of 24) of their shots from the field, quite a few on dunks from
The Lakers (14-22) have lost nine of their last 10. On Friday night, they'll have a chance to upset the Clippers (25-13) for the second time this season -- this time on the "road."
The Clippers recently lost
The Lakers have a long list of injuries, including
For a more in-depth breakdown, check out Preview: Lakers vs. Clippers.