NBA Game Summary - LA Lakers at LA Clippers
(Wednesday, October 29th)
Final Score: LA Lakers 117, LA Clippers 79
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Kobe Bryant had 16 points and pulled down eight rebounds, as the Los Angeles Lakers rolled over the Clippers, 117-79, at the Staples Center.
Derek Fisher scored 15 points, while Andrew Bynum tallied 12 points and nine boards for the Lakers, who opened the 2008-09 campaign on Tuesday with a 96-76 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. Jordan Farmar collected 15 points, five assists and five rebounds off the bench.
Al Thornton ended with 16 points to pace the Clippers, who posted a dismal 23-59 mark last season. Newcomer Baron Davis poured in 11 points and dished out seven assists.
"They crushed us on the boards and drained threes," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "I don't think anybody for us played very well."
The Lakers held a slight 30-27 advantage after the opening quarter. Tim Thomas' slam put the Clippers on top, 33-32, three minutes into the second frame, but a Farmar running bank shot kick-started a 17-0 Lakers run. Trevor Ariza's three-pointer capped the spurt, giving the "visiting squad" a 49-33 lead with 4:09 to play in the half. Davis then sank a pair of free throws to end the stanza. and the Clippers went into the break down 59-44.
"We struggled in the first quarter, then we adjusted to their strengths," said Lakers coach Phil Jackson. "Our defense was good, but we're always seeking to be better. Our team is playing at a high level right now."
The Lakers' lead ballooned to 80-50 after Bryant drilled a jump shot with 3:20 remaining in the third quarter and the defending Western Conference champs carried an 85-57 advantage into the fourth.
The Clippers posed no threat in the final quarter and the Lakers coasted to the finish.
The Lakers have won five straight meetings against the Clippers...Pau Gasol had 13 points, nine boards and six assists for the Lakers...Marcus Camby (heel) did not play for the Clippers...Thomas finished with 11 points and eight rebounds...The Lakers shot 51.2 percent from the field, including 10- of-19 from beyond the arc...The Clippers made just 38.5 percent of their attempts...The Lakers won the battle on the glass, 51-32.
10/30 01:44:38 ET