If you were wondering why this game isn’t called the “Battle of LA” anymore, I think we know why. It isn’t really a battle when you expect to win by double figures and then do so.
The Lakers blew out the Clippers tonight in a 113-95 win at Staples. It was the Lakers 7th win in a row and their 6th straight on the road. Some key team stats for tonight include the Lakers 27 to 11 assist to turnover ratio and their perimeter defense holding the Clippers to 1-14 from downtown. The only thing that bothered me tonight was the Lakers hoisting 26 three point shots, mostly thanks to Sasha’s nine.
While they both share the same arena, tonight’s game featured two teams headed in completely opposite directions. The Lakers are heading to first place and the Clippers are heading back to familiar territory and get to play with the ping pong balls in June’s lottery.
Now, the bests of the night…
Top 3 Laker performers:
1) Pau continues to shine as a Laker. 23 points on 12 shots, including 9-11 from the FT line. He also had 5 boards, 6 assists, and 3 blocks.
2) Lamar would have had number 1, except he couldn’t make his free-throws tonight. He finishes with 20 points on 11 shots, 10 boards, 4 assists, and 2 blocks. Best of all—0 turnovers.
3) Sasha played great tonight, as did Farmar, but both took some bad shots. Kobe finishes #3 with 17 points on 11 shots, 5 boards, 7 assists, and 2 steals. Only downer was that he had half the teams turnovers.
Lakers Smush of the Day (Note: STD denotes the Laker that played the poorest): Vlad Rad got hurt early and struggled in the first quarter. 0 points on 2 shots.
Play of the game: Sadly, Mobley had the most electric play, but I personally like Fisher’s pick’n’roll with Pau where he led him perfectly.
What to look for next game: Another easy road game for the Lake Show. Seattle is only 10-18 at home. Game is Sunday @ 6:00 PM (KCAL).