The Clippers extended their winning streak over the Lakers to eight games with a 94-84 victory on Christmas evening.
Even though the Clippers never trailed and led by as many as 28 points, the victory was not as lopsided as it might seem.
The Lakers opened the fourth quarter with a 25-4 run to cut their deficit to seven points, 89-82, with four minutes left after Julius Randle made two free throws. The Staples Center crowd went wild, but the Lakers could not complete the comeback.
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
The Lakers had zero second-chance points and fastbreak points by halftime. The Clippers bested the Lakers for the game in points in the paint, 30-22, second-chance points, 17-5, and rebounds, 45-40.
Kobe Bryant, playing in his 16th and final Christmas game, took the mic before tipoff and thanked the fans. 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 Lakers were led by D’Angelo Russell, who had 16 points and seven rebounds. Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle each had 11 points.
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant tries to split the defense of Clippers guards J.J. Redick, left, and Chris Paul during a drive in the second quarter of a game on Dec. 25.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Lakers guard Lou Williams leaps to try to make a pass over Clippers center DeAndre Jordan and guard J.J. Redick.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant makes a pass around Clippers guard J.J. Redick.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Guards Chris Paul of the Clippers and D’Angelo Russell of the Lakers try to track down a loose ball.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Clippers center DeAndre Jordan fouls Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson in a December game.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Lakers forward Julius Randle can’t chase down a loose ball in front of Clippers guard Jamal Crawford during the first half.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant drives around Clippers forward Luc Mbah a Moute during their game Friday.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Clippers center DeAndre Jordan is fouled by Lakers center Roy Hibbert while trying to score on Friday.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Clippers forward Blake Griffin makes a pass over Lakers guards Kobe Bryant and D’Angelo Russell during the first half on Dec. 25.(Chris Carlson / Associated Press)
Chris Paul finished with 23 points on 11-for-19 shooting, six assists and five rebounds for the Clippers. J.J. Redick added 14 points while Blake Griffin had 13 points and 12 rebounds.
For the Clippers, who entered Friday’s game having lost three straight, the win was a welcome sendoff for a team about to leave on a four-game trip. The Clippers improved to 17-13 while the Lakers fell to 5-25.