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Friday, November 18th (All times eastern)

Los Angeles Clippers (6-2) at Los Angeles Lakers (4-4), 10:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The battle for bragging rights in Los Angeles takes place once again, as the Lakers will act as the host tonight when they square off with the surprising Clippers at the Staples Center.

The Clippers, who have lost 14 of 16 and 18 of their last 21 as the visitor against the Lakers, have won two straight in this series, while the Lakers have been victorious in 10 of the last 13 meetings.

The Lakers will play the second contest of a five-game homestand. On Wednesday, Kobe Bryant poured in 42 points, 29 of which came in the second half, to lead the Lakers to a 97-92 victory over New York in a battle between two of the NBA's marquee head coaches at the Staples Center. Bryant's performance took the spotlight away from the pre-game hype surrounding the first meeting between legends Phil Jackson and Larry Brown since Brown's Detroit Pistons shocked Jackson's Lakers in five games to win the 2004 NBA Championship. Jackson leads Brown, 26-13, in regular season meetings.

Chris Mihm finished with 14 points and nine rebounds in the win over New York for the Lakers, while Lamar Odom had 13 points and nine boards to help the Lakers halt a three-game slide.

The Lakers, who will also play Chicago, Seattle and New Jersey on the current homestand, are 2-1 as the host this season.

The Clippers have played well early on this season and will attempt to win their fourth game in their last five tries. On Tuesday, Sam Cassell had 23 points and nine assists to lead the Clippers to a 109-85 rout of the Milwaukee Bucks at the Staples Center.

Elton Brand scored 20 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in the win over Milwaukee for the Clippers, who are off to their best start in franchise history. Corey Maggette added 21 points for the Clippers, who led the entire way and were in front of the Bucks by as many as 31 points.

The Clippers will host back-to-back games after tonight's contest. They will welcome the Golden State Warriors on Sunday to the Staples Center and will host Toronto next Wednesday.

11/18 10:50:45 ET


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