But getting 16 points on six-of-seven shooting from the seldom-used
The Clippers also also got big games from reserves
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
2. Turnovers were a major issue for the Lakers. As a team, they had 18 miscues, to just nine for the Clippers.
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
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
Looking ahead to the 2016
If the Lakers climb a spot in the standings, their lottery odds for a top-three selection will dip to 46.9%.