ESPN: The Lakers didn’t have to cross the line. They were doing just fine behind it.
Derek Fisher scored 17 points, Kobe Bryant had 16 and the Lakers went on a 3-point shooting spree in the second half of a 119-82 rout of the Clippers on Friday night.
“I think what we did is that we stepped up our pressure,” Bryant said. “Try to make them play at our pace, or execute things that they are not used to doing, and our shooters knocked down some big shots to blow the game open.”
The Pacific Division-leading Lakers, winning for the 13th time in 14 games, went 12-of-17 from 3-point range in the second half after making just two of six from beyond the arc in the first two quarters.
Fisher finished 3-for-4 from behind the line, Bryant went 2-for-3, Jordan Farmar and Coby Karl each went 2-for-2, and Vladimir Radmanovic and Sasha Vujacic 2-for-4.
The Lakers’ 61 percent from 3-point range was better than their overall shooting percentage — 54 percent.
Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said the Lakers simply overwhelmed his team in the second half, and “Obviously, they made a ton of 3-point shots. They put it on us.”