NBA Game Summary - LA Clippers at LA Lakers
(Friday, March 7th)
Final Score: LA Lakers 119, LA Clippers 82
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Derek Fisher had 17 points and the Lakers moved to the top of the Western Conference with a 119-82 thrashing of the Clippers.
Kobe Bryant had 16 points and Lamar Odom totaled 15 points and eight boards for the Lakers, who had seven players in double figures to win for the 13th time in 14 contests. The victory, combined with San Antonio's loss at Denver on Friday, moved the Lakers a half-game ahead of the Spurs for the best record in the West.
Ronny Turiaf had 13 points, while Vladimir Radmanovic, Jordan Farmar and Pau Gasol each scored 10 for the Lakers, who won the season series from their crosstown rivals for the first time since 2003-04. Gasol also had 11 rebounds, as the Lakers shot 54.1 percent from the field while holding their opponents to a 37.8 mark. The Lakers made 14-of-23 three-pointers.
"We got off to a sluggish start, but we finished the first half well," said Lakers coach Phil Jackson. "We came out strong in the second half. Everybody got a chance to play. It gets down to homecourt advantage heading into the playoffs. It doesn't matter who you beat, you've got to get wins."
Corey Maggette had 22 points to pace the Clippers, losers in seven of their last eight contests. Chris Kaman tallied 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Josh Powell ended with 12 points and 10 boards, and Cuttino Mobley chipped in 13 points in defeat.
"We got our (butts) kicked," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "I was disappointed we didn't do a better job than we did. Our guys were out-manned. They were more aggressive than we were."
Already ahead by eight points at the half, the Lakers made a move to blowout the Clippers by opening the third quarter on a 16-6 run. Odom's free throw capped the flurry for a 65-46 difference with 5:39 left in the period.
It only got worse for the Clippers, as back-to-back three-pointers from Bryant and Fisher extended the margin to 77-50, and the lead stood at 84-57 going into the fourth.
A Turiaf slam made it 92-57 less than three minutes into the fourth, and D.J. Mbenga's jumper had the lead at 40, 108-68, with just over four minutes to go.
Every Laker that played scored...The Clippers went 3-of-14 from beyond the arc.
03/08 01:22:21 ET