L.A. Times: This time, the Lakers played with a purpose against the Clippers on Friday night at Staples Center in their home game.
This time, the Lakers played harder than the Clippers.
The 40-point victory was the largest margin of the season for the Lakers.
With four Lakers starters scoring in double figures and with the return of Pau Gasol, the Lakers took control of this game in the third quarter and got a measure of revenge after the Clippers had beaten them by 11 points last week when the teams last played each other.
Gasol, who had been out for six games with a strained left hamstring, had 20 points and six rebounds in 31 minutes. He was four-for-10 shooting from the field and 12 of 12 from the free-throw line.
Kobe Bryant, who played the last two games with back spasms, had 30 points on 10-for-20 shooting,.
Andrew Bynum had 20 points on eight-for-13 shooting.