NBA Game Summary - LA Clippers at LA Lakers
(Tuesday, March 8th)
Final Score: LA Clippers 110, LA Lakers 101
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Corey Maggette netted 30 points and Elton Brand had 22 along with 15 rebounds as the Los Angeles Clippers posted a 110-101 victory over the intra-city rival Lakers at Staples Center.
Maggette finished 9-of-11 from the field and 12-of-13 from the foul line for the Clippers, who outscored the Lakers 33-18 in the third quarter to erase an eight-point halftime deficit. Bobby Simmons contributed 16 points to help the Clippers snap a two-game slide.
"Our team came out (in the third quarter) and played the right way," said Maggette. "We played hard defense and executed."
The Lakers, who saw a brief two-game win streak come to an end, received 41 points from Kobe Bryant in a losing cause. Lamar Odom scored 20 before being ejected with 1:47 to play after tossing the ball following a foul call.
Bryant's short jumper to start the second half gave the Lakers a 54-44 lead, but the Clippers responded with 16 consecutive points to assume control. Maggette had eight points during the deciding run, including a basket with 8:52 remaining in the third quarter which tied the contest at 54-54. He followed with a steal and fast break dunk to put the Clippers in front.
"Our guys came out strong in the third quarter," said Clippers head coach Mike Dunleavy. "We had a nice mix with our in and out game. They played the way I want us to."
The Clippers went ahead by as much as 11 points after Simmons threw down a dunk early in the fourth quarter to make the score 81-70, but the Lakers would rally. Odom had 10 points during a 13-4 burst and converted a three-point play with 4:35 remaining to bring the Lakers within 94-93.
It remained a one-point affair until Simmons buried a three-pointer and Rick Brunson sank an outside jumper with 2:25 left to extend the Clippers' edge to 101-95.
After Bryant missed a short shot and Maggette grabbed the rebound, Chris Mihm was whistled for a foul and Odom received a technical for complaining about the call. Simmons hit the bonus shot and Brand made both attempts on the initial foul to give the Clippers a nine-point lead they would not relinquish.
Bryant recorded 18 of his 25 first-half points in the second quarter, including the final 12 during a 16-2 run which turned a three-point disadvantage into a 44-33 Lakers lead with 3:50 remaining before intermission.
The Lakers went up 50-38 when Bryant drove the length of the court and scored with 1:38 to go in the half, but the Clippers closed out the session with six of the final eight points. Brand's dunk with 11 seconds left brought the Clippers to within 52-44 at intermission.
The Clippers opened the game with a 7-0 spurt and led 17-10 midway through the first quarter. A three-pointer by Bryant then started a 14-4 run capped by consecutive layups by Odom which put the Lakers up 24-21 with 2 1/2 minutes left in the period.
Six straight points to start the second quarter put the Clippers up 31-28 before Bryant and the Lakers took control.
The Clippers, who were designated as the visiting team, technically stopped a nine-game road losing streak despite playing in their home arena...The Clippers had 26 assists against only five turnovers...Bryant is averaging 30.8 points in the Lakers' nine games after the All-Star break...The Clippers had lost seven straight and 14 of the last 15 meetings with the Lakers as the visitor. The Lakers still hold a commanding 42-7 advantage as the host in the series.
03/09 01:46:58 ET