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Robert McAdoo

In L.A. NBA battle, Lakers have the past, Clippers have the present

In L.A. NBA battle, Lakers have the past, Clippers have the present

Byron Scott smiled in late October when asked which of Los Angeles' NBA teams ruled the city. "When they get about 13 banners," the Lakers coach said of the Clippers, mindful that his team had won 16 championships and its cross-town rival zero, "then it will be a rivalry." The Clippers could just as easily play a different numbers game. They have won four consecutive games and eight of the last nine in the rivalry, including a seven-point victory on Halloween, as the teams head into their latest encounter Wednesday night at Staples Center in a designated Clippers home game. It's an unprecedented run of success for the Clippers in a series the Lakers...

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