Here are five takeaways from the Clippers’ 94-84 win over the Lakers on Christmas Day.
1) The Clippers’ win streak continues
The Clippers extended their winning streak over the Lakers to eight games. They entered Friday’s game having won seven straight over the Lakers by an average margin of 24.6 points. The Clippers led by as much as 28 points, but the Lakers opened the fourth quarter with a 25-4 run to cut their deficit to seven points, 89-82, with four minutes left. The Clippers pulled off the win down the stretch, but not by as large of a margin as they had in recent games.
2) Kobe Bryant’s last Christmas as a Laker
Bryant played in his 16th and final Christmas game. The Lakers’ superstar took the mic before tipoff and thanked the fans, and he received several raucous “Ko-be, Ko-be” chants throughout the game. He finished with 12 points on four-for-10 shooting, falling short of his average over the last five games of 23.8 points on 46.2% shooting.
The Clippers entered Friday’s game having lost three in a row to San Antonio, Houston and Oklahoma City. Friday’s win bumped them from fifth to fourth place in the Western Conference with a record of 17-13.
4) Chris Paul is rolling
The Clippers’ point guard had another big game for the Clippers, finishing with a team-high 23 points on 11-for-19 shooting, six assists and five rebounds. He’s scored 20 or more points in four of the team’s last five games, including a 32-point performance on 11-for-19 shooting against Oklahoma City on Dec. 21. He’s averaging 17.7 points and 8.9 assists this season.
John Legend and Chrissy Teigen sit courtside for the final Kobe Bryant-LeBron James matchup on March 10, 2016, at Staples Center.(Danny Moloshok / Associated Press)
Cam Newton takes in the Cavaliers-Lakers game on March 10, 2016, when Kobe Bryant and LeBron James played against each other for the final time.(Harry How / Getty Images)
Beyonce and Jay Z take in the Clippers’ 103-98 comeback victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on March 2, 2016.(Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)
Clippers guard Chris Paul, left, is congratulated by Billy Crystal after a 97-83 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Jan. 9.(Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)
Jay Z watches the Clippers pick up their 10th consecutive winy with a 104-90 victory over the Miami Heat on Jan. 13.(Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
Freida Pinto and polo player Ronnie Bacardi watch the Lakers play the Milwaukee Bucks on Dec. 15, 2015.
(Danny Moloshok / AP)
Olivia Wilde talks to Will Forte during a Clippers game against the Orlando Magic on Dec. 5, 2015.(Mike Nelson / EPA)
Jack Black arrives for a Lakers game against the Toronto Raptors on Nov. 20, 2015.(John Salangsang / John Salangsang/Invision/AP)
Drake attends the game between the Lakers and his hometown Toronto Raptors on Nov. 20, 2015.(John Salangsang / Invision)
Will Ferrell has food delivered to his courtside seat during a game between the Lakers and Detroit Pistons on Nov. 15.(Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images)
Kendall Jenner watches the Lakers take on the Dallas Mavericks during a game Nov. 1, 2015.(Mike Nelson / EPA)
Arsenio Hall and George Lopez check out a season-opening game between the Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves on Oct. 28, 2015.(Harry How / Getty Images)
Recording artist Snoop Dogg attends a playoff game between the
Actors Billy Crystal, left, and Timothy Olyphant attend a playoff game between the
Actor Eddie Murphy and girlfriend Paige Butcher attend the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the
Actress Mindy Kaling attends a game between the
5) On the road again
After recently completing a five-game trip, during which they won four games, the Clippers will once again hit the road. They play four consecutive road games against Utah, Washington, Charlotte and New Orleans before the new year. The Clippers are 7-7 on the road so far this season.