Five takeaways from the Clippers’ 105-93 win over the Lakers
The Lakers (9-40) lost their ninth-straight game, falling to the Clippers (31-16), who won their third in a row. Here are five takeaways from the Clippers’ 105-93 win over the Lakers at Staples Center.
1. Chris Paul scoring 27 with seven assists isn’t surprising. DeAndre Jordan pulling down 17 rebounds is all but standard for the Clippers.
But getting 16 points on six-of-seven shooting from the seldom-used Lance Stephenson is not.
The Clippers also also got big games from reserves Austin Rivers (17 points) and Jamal Crawford (15).
The Lakers managed to compete most of the night, but the Clippers’ bench production proved to be the difference, especially over the final 18 minutes.
The Clippers needed the help with Paul Pierce sitting out to rest. Kobe Bryant didn’t play for the Lakers with a sore shoulder.
2. Turnovers were a major issue for the Lakers. As a team, they had 18 miscues, to just nine for the Clippers.
Julius Randle notched a career high with 23 points and a double-double with 14 rebounds, but he also led all players with six turnovers.
The Lakers’ turnovers nearly matched their 19 assists.
“We had a stretch there where we came to the bench during a timeout, and I said to our guys that three of our last four possessions were turnovers -- so take care of the ball” said Coach Byron Scott. “We went out and had three more straight turnovers.”
3. In addition to his 16 points in 22.5 minutes, Stephenson wowed the crowd with a demonstrative dunk over Randle.
“I like seeing my teammates be successful. That was a really big play from Lance,” said Jordan. “I felt like I dunked the basketball, but that was a pretty spectacular play.”
A sheepish Randle said his teammates were riding him for being on the receiving end of Stephenson’s effort.
“The guys are giving it to me, but it happens,” said Randle. “It was a good play.”
4. The Clippers continue to play well, despite the absences of forward Blake Griffin, who will be sidelined another month or two with a broken han, while already trying to recover from a quadriceps injury.
At fourth in the Western Conference, the Clipper are four games behind the Oklahoma City Thunder (36-13) and four ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies (27-20).
The Clippers have won seven of their last 10 games, but even hotter are the Thunder, with nine out of 10, and the Grizzlies, with eight of 10.
5. The Lakers are still in last place in the West, better than just the Philadelphia 76ers (7-40).
The Lakers are 13.5 games behind the eighth-place Portland Trail Blazers (22-26).
Looking ahead to the 2016 NBA draft lottery, the Lakers would have a 55.8% chance of a top-three pick in next June’s draft. If the Lakers fall below third in the lottery, Philadelphia will get the team’s pick as part of the Steve Nash trade, via the Suns.
If the Lakers climb a spot in the standings, their lottery odds for a top-three selection will dip to 46.9%.
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