NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, November 5th (All times eastern)
Los Angeles Clippers (0-4) at Los Angeles Lakers (3-0), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Two teams from the same city moving in different directions face off Wednesday night in Staples Center as the undefeated and defending Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers play home team against the winless Clippers.
The Lakers made it three in a row during the young season in Denver on Saturday when Kobe Bryant poured in a game-high 33 points and took over late in the fourth quarter as the Lakers topped the Nuggets 104-97.
With the game knotted 86-all, a Bryant three-pointer sparked a 7-0 run for the Lakers that put the game away.
Pau Gasol added 16 points and 16 rebounds for the Lakers while Vladimir Radmanovic and Derek Fisher both dropped 11 points in the win.
The struggling Clippers dropped their fourth consecutive game and their second straight to Utah on Monday when Paul Millsap scored 15 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter as the Jazz cruised to an 89-73 victory at the Staples Center.
Chris Kaman had a team-high 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers, who fell to 0-4 for the first time since opening the lockout-shortened 1998-99 season at 0-17.
Baron Davis returned from a sore hip and shot 5-of-15 from the field for 14 points and doled out nine helpers while Marcus Camby made his debut in a Clippers uniform, collecting five points and nine rebounds in almost 27 minutes. Camby sat out the preseason and LA's first three games with a heel injury.
The Lakers already handed the Clippers their worst home-opening defeat in franchise history, a 117-79 drubbing, on October 29th.
Bryant had 16 points and pulled down eight rebounds in that one while Fisher scored 15 points and center Andrew Bynum tallied 12 points and nine boards for the Lakers.
Al Thornton ended with 16 points to pace the Clippers and Davis poured in 11 points and dished out seven assists.
In injury news, Bynum is probable for the game with a strained right rotator cuff.
Overall, the Lakers have won five straight and eight of the past 10 contests versus their intra-city rivals.
11/05 10:20:36 ET