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Robert Sacre actually dunked. He’s made so much progress since last season. This is what developing young players is all about.
Jeremy Lin is having a solid game tonight. Floating under the radar with Kobe stealing the show. Lin: 14 points and 7 assists
Griffin (29 points) has been a big problem for LAL's bigs, as Davis, Boozer and Hill all have 4 PF's, but Sacre's dunk has LAL up 81-78.
Lakers are leading 79-76 with 3:36 remaining in the third, but Robert Sacre is coming into the game.
Robert Sacre should teach Kobe how to shoot free throws — he’s missed three so far. Don’t kill me, Kobe.
Kobe said LAL weren't as bad as they showed in the 1st 2 games, and they certainly haven't been tonight. Lead's at 5 after 1 of 2 Kobe FT's.
Jordan Hill is getting his Chris Bosh on, splashing 17 footers, but Griffin's heating up on the other end w/23 points. LAL up 76-72.
DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO, JORDAN HILL.
Before tonight the Lakers last lead was with 9:42 left in first quarter vs. Houston. They led 3-2.
Jordan Hill's loving his jump shot in the 3rd, with 8 of his 14 points to put LAL up 74-67.
“MY HANDS IS HOT” - JORDAN HILL.
This 5 point lead isn't only the Lakers biggest advantage tonight, it's their largest of the season. Led Rockets by 1 in Monday's opener.
Kobe Bryant is playing in his 1,248th regular season game in his 19th season, but the legs look pretty fresh tonight.
Kobe has 16 pts on 5 of 8 shooting. Any more questions about his health?
A well-earned standing O in to LAC's T.O. comes courtesy of a 16-5 burst out of HT capped by a nasty reverse from Kobe, + his 6th dime.
Who are these guys in black and gold (and a bit of purple)? Lakers now lead, 72-67. On a 16-5 run
Lakers 72, Clippers 67 with 7:21 left in the 3rd quarter. Clippers look as lost as they did last night.
Yeah, that’s the 2nd best shooting guard and 40th best player in the NBA.
Linsanity has arrived.
Lakers had two 3-pointers in first half. Now two in the third quarter with shots by Wesley Johnson and Jeremy Lin.
The 2nd Jeremy Lin 3 comes off Kobe's 5th assist, and gives LAL a 68-67 lead. Both Lin and Kobe have 14 points and 5 dimes.
Throw it down, Jordan Hill. Throw it down.
Lakers take lead, 63-62 with 7-0 run. Is this real?
It's not 63-62 LAL, it's 63-62 LOL.
LAL start the 3rd Q on a 7-0 run, as Hill's layup backs up Johnson's 3 and Lin's floater to make it a 63-62 LAL lead. Griffin missed 3 J's.
What's this? The Lakers lead the Clippers? 63-62, LAL
Expected big momentum charge at start of the third. Didn't expect it to be from the Lakers. But they score seven straight and lead 63-62.
LAKERS LEAD 63-62. HYFR.
After struggling to beat an 8-man Thunder team without Durant and Westbrook, the Clippers are trailing the Lakers, 63-62.
W3S. 62-61, Clippers.
Wes Johnson hit a 3 for his first FG of the night. Got to start somewhere
Wes Johnson’s 3 cuts the lead to 1, 62-61.
Even though Griffin's absolutely improved his jumper, LAL don't mind when he pulls up from 20 feet. Puts less pressure on the defense.
LAL had better balance on offense than the 1st 2 games: Kobe took 6 shots, Johnson and Hill 5 apiece, Boozer 6, Lin 8, Davis and Price 4.
This is the best Kobe has looked on both ends of the court so far — getting to the basket and some nice defensive plays.
Clippers hanging onto 62-56 lead vs Lakers. There's no way this game should be this close after Clips fast start. 20 missed shots dont help
LAL played pretty well, all things considered, in the 1st half. They got hurt again at the 3-point line, where LAC hit 7 of 21.
Halftime: Clippers 62, Lakers 56.
Strangest thing about first half is the air of resignation in the Lakers crowd at Staples Center.
Kobe got 1 of 2 FT's, Hawes 1 for 2 to close the half w/LAC up 62-56. Bryant went for 14 points, Boozer and Lin 9 apiece. Griffin had 18.
Steve Ballmer not clapping along to Clipper Darrell's "Let's go Clippers" chant.
Kobe doin’ work.
Big, momentum-stopping corner 3 from … Blake Griffin, his 2nd tonight, snapped LAL's latest run, but he fouled Kobe w/5.2 left...
Blake Griffin had 26 career threes coming into this season. Two tonight.
A beautiful move from Kobe that he finished with his right hand and all kinds of English got him to 13 points. LAL within 3 after Lin's 2.
Another highlight reel play from Kobe: Tremendous fake on way to rim for up-and-under layup.
You get the sense that the Lakers are playing as well as they possibly could against the Clippers. Still down seven.
Boozer has had a good 2nd Q, with 7 of his 9 points plus all 4 of his boards and 2 assists. LAL trail 57-51, 1:25 left in the 2nd.
WHAT A PASS BY CARLOS BOOZER.
Blake Griffin just picked up his third foul after getting beaten off the dribble by Carlos Boozer.
LAL have held the Clips to just 6 for 14 FG's in the 2nd Q, but led by Paul, Clips are 8 for 9 at the FT line in the 2nd.
“Refs are helping the Clippers right now” - Anonymous source.
3 off-ball PF's have gotten Chris Paul a bunch of FT's … last 2 were Paul creating the contact and asking the ref to blow the whistle.
Lakers crowd oddly quiet considering they're within 5 of Clippers late in second quarter.
Boozer surprised Griffin with a blow-by, resulting in an and-1 bucket, though he missed the FT (didn't stop him from yelling and-1 tho!)
Lakers fans at Staples starting to wakeup. Boozer cuts the lead to 3.
KOB3, but then he picks up his third foul. 11-1 run as Lakers cut the lead down to 45-42 with 4:25 left in the first half.
Lakers down by only 5 w/ 4:25 left in the half. Not bad considering.
Kobe with a 3 and the Lakers trail only by three, 45-42, with 4:25 left in half
Kobe just drained a deep 3 over DeAndre Jordan, reaching 11 points, and cutting LAC's once 15-point lead to just 3 at 45-42. 11-1 run.
Wes Johnson, Momentum Stopper.
LAKERS ARE PLAYING DEFENSE. IS THIS REAL LIFE? ASKING FOR A FRIEND.
That'd be a strip of Blake Griffin, not Boozer of course. Though it'd be cool if Kobe stripped Boozer and then got him a layup anyway.
LAL are on a mini run, 5 straight points (Kobe FT's, Price J, Henry 1 of 2 FT's) to cut LAC's once 15-point lead to 8 at 44-36.
XAVIER HENRY. BRUH.
Just a thought, but the Lakers should consider putting their hands up when the opposing team is shooting. That might help teams miss shots.
The 6th Clippers 3 came walk-in style in transition, Hedo Turkoglu knocking it down, to open a 44-31 LAC lead. Clips at 57% overall.
Ronnie Price > Jordan Farmar.
For the first time in franchise history, the Lakers are playing zone.
LAL didn't adjust to Spencer Hawes on screen/roll, Sacre not popping out to prevent a 3, but got a layup from Ronnie Price to make it 36-26.
Robert Sacre needs to remain on the bench and do what he does best — being a cheerleader. As seen on Kobe’s dunk.
Who said the Lakers defense isn't improved? RT @baxterholmes Clips on pace for 124 after 1Q.
A nice basket cut by Ed Davis got him a layup, and cut the Clips' lead to 31-22 after 12 minutes. Lin had 7, Hill 6, Kobe 5, and Griffin 11.
JORDAN FARMAR IS A TRADER. Yes, I know. It’s traitor.
Jordan Farmar getting set to check in for Clippers. Appeared in 342 games in five years with the Lakers, averaging 7.3 points & 2.5 assists
LAL absolutely need Jeremy Lin to be this aggressive. He's 3 for 6 now for 7 points with 2 assists, helping cut the LAC lead to 27-20.
Clippers lead down to 27-20 with 2 minutes left in first quarter.
Don't count on tacos.