The Lakers were dismantled on Friday night by the Clippers, falling by 36 points, 123-87, to their Staples Center rivals. It tied the Lakers' 10th-worst margin of defeat while it was the Clippers' biggest margin of victory over the Lakers.
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 Chris Paul (separated shoulder).
Blake Griffin scored 33 points to lead all scorers, hitting 12 of 15 shots from the field and nine of 11 from the free-throw line. He also had 12 rebounds, four steals, four assists and two blocked shots.
Darren Collison, starting for Paul, finished with 20 points and seven assists. J.J. Redick returned from a hand injury to score 19 as the Clippers shot 48.9% from the field.
DeAndre Jordan neared a triple-double with 13 points, 10 assists and seven blocks.
Coach Mike D'Antoni's biggest concern before the game was avoiding turnovers. The Lakers didn't listen, giving up the ball 21 times while shooting only 34.5% from the field. Jodie Meeks was the worst offender with five turnovers while shooting just two of 10 from the field.
The Lakers were also outrebounded, 56-47.
Kendall Marshall led the Lakers with a double-double (16 points, 10 assists). Wesley Johnson and Robert Sacre scored 14 apiece.
Pau Gasol finished with 10 points on five-of-15 shooting, eight rebounds and five assists. Nick Young scored 11 off the bench.
The Lakers (14-23), who have lost 10 of their last 11, are off until Tuesday when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers (13-23).
The Clippers (26-13) also get a break, hosting the Dallas Mavericks (21-16) on Wednesday.
Clippers 101, Lakers 60 (end of third quarter)
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 Blake Griffin has 33 points in less 30 minutes to go along with 12 rebounds, four steals and two blocked shots.
Clippers point guard Darren Collison, Chris Paul's replacement, has 20 points with seven assists.
The Lakers are shooting only 33.3% from the field for the game while allowing the Clippers to make 51.4% of their shots.
Wesley Johnson's 14 points, all scored in the first half, still leads the Lakers. Kendall Marshall has 12 points.
Clippers 70, Lakers 52 (halftime)
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 Blake Griffin leads all scorers with 20 points. Guard J.J. Redick, back in the lineup after recovering from a hand injury, has 17 points while point guard Darren Collison has 16.
Forward Wesley Johnson has 14 points to lead the Lakers, who are shooting 44.2% from the field. Point guard Kendall Marshall contributed 12 points and four assists.
Clippers 43, Lakers 25 (end of first quarter)
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 Blake Griffin lead the way with 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Guard J.J Redick added 10 points in his first game back after a hand injury.
Wesley Johnson led the Lakers with nine points and Kendall Marshall had six as the team shot 42.9% from the field.
The Clippers made 70.8% (17 of 24) of their shots from the field, quite a few on dunks from DeAndre Jordan and Griffin.
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 Chris Paul for six weeks with a separated shoulder, but J.J. Redick is expected to return from a hand injury. Darren Collison will start for Paul.
The Lakers have a long list of injuries, including Kobe Bryant (knee), Steve Nash (back), Steve Blake (elbow), Jordan Farmar (hamstring) and Xavier Henry (knee).
For a more in-depth breakdown, check out Preview: Lakers vs. Clippers.
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