Clippers Edge Lakers, 91-90


Cuttino Mobley’s 26 points were just enough to get the Clippers past the depleted Lakers, 91-90, in an exhibition Thursday at Staples Center.

Eight players sat out for the Lakers, including Kobe Bryant and centers Kwame Brown and Chris Mihm.

Elton Brand had 20 points and made all 10 of his free throws for the Clippers, who moved to 3-1 in exhibition play. The Lakers are 2-3.


“Pitiful performance by us,” said Clippers Coach Mike Dunleavy, who did not like the team’s ball movement or its defense until late in the game. “As far as I’m concerned, pretty disappointing game. We did not play anywhere near the standards we want to play at.”

Andrew Bynum had 15 points in 29 minutes for the Lakers. His playing time has increased in the absence of Brown and Mihm.

“It’s kind of like trying to cram a Ph.D. down his throat in a few short weeks,” assistant coach Kurt Rambis said.

Lakers rookie Jordan Farmar had 14 points on five-for-six shooting but was stripped of the ball on a drive in the final seconds of the game.

Tim Thomas had five points on one-for-11 shooting for the Clippers.

-- Mike Bresnahan