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.
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.
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."
For a more in-depth breakdown, check out Preview: Lakers vs. Clippers.