Los Angeles Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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Los Angeles Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The Los Angeles Clippers (12-11) play against the Los Angeles Lakers (12-12) at STAPLES Center

Game Time: 10:00 PM EST on Friday December 3, 2021

Los Angeles Clippers 119, Los Angeles Lakers 115 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Clippers’ Luke Kennard enjoys his role in victory over Lakers. (Great photo choice, boss.) ocregister.com/2021/12/03/cli…3:22 AM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Luke Kennard rubbed a towel over his head Friday leaving the court after a badly needed win.
“That,” he said, smiling, “was wild.” latimes.com/sports/clipper…2:39 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
The last 11 baskets the Clippers scored tonight were all assisted. – 2:31 AM
Jorge Sierra @hoopshype
The Lakers have the seventh-worst point differential in the NBA this season.
Only Kings, Pelicans, Rockets, Thunder, Pistons and Magic have it worse. – 2:16 AM
Los Angeles Clippers @LAClippers
A great start to the weekend!
📼 @honey highlights from the victory. pic.twitter.com/N5vgcHNhdF2:15 AM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
The Lakers brought twos to a 3-pointer fight. Late shots by Luke Kennard and Marcus Morris Sr. held off the Lakers’ attempts to play from behind, dropping them to .500: ocregister.com/2021/12/03/cli…2:12 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Tonight’s 2.80 assist-turnover ratio was best by Clippers since Nov. 9.
The 5.00 second half assist-turnover ratio was best by Clippers since season opener at Golden State.
Overall, the 126.6 offensive rating was the best of season for Clippers (and 93.5 pace was 4th-slowest) – 2:11 AM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
The Clippers assisted on their last 11 baskets of the fourth quarter and 28 of their 41 field goals overall.
“When the ball’s moving, and you’re making the right play, everyone’s gonna get shots and that’s what makes offense fun,” Lue said. – 2:10 AM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Marcus Morris Sr. had made 7 three-pointers this season entering tonight’s game against the Lakers — when he made 6 of his 9 threes.
Here’s what Ty Lue said about whether Marcus looks like he’s turned a corner with his injury recovery and if it contributed to tonight: pic.twitter.com/ibVC7VmZMX1:56 AM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
LeBron said getting back out of quarantine, seeing his sons play Thursday night and being back around the team picked up his spirits after the frustration of being in the protocols. pic.twitter.com/BLU5QAopNJ1:47 AM

Ben Golliver @BenGolliver
Lakers’ LeBron James: “Usually when you have a positive test, they’ll test you right away to make sure. There was not a follow-up test after my positive test. It was straight to isolation and you’ve been put into protocol. That’s the part that kind of angered me.” pic.twitter.com/vjTRwBNYUv1:45 AM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
LeBron James was upset at how his positive test was handled. He thought he should have had a follow-up test right away; instead he said he was sent immediately into quarantine. The private transit back and the isolation from his family were huge inconveniences in his eyes. pic.twitter.com/E8Mls8mjw61:44 AM

Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
LeBron James on Tyronn Lue: “As a coach, he doesn’t have a weakness.” pic.twitter.com/kh1dFsZ3JS1:33 AM

Ben Golliver @BenGolliver
Lakers’ LeBron James: “I knew I was going to get cleared because I never, ever felt sick, at all. I know you can be asymptomatic, but if what I had was a positive COVID test, then what are we doing? What are we talking about? I thought it was handled very poorly.” pic.twitter.com/XRRexRESKT1:33 AM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
.⁦@Dave McMenamin⁩ asks if LeBron James plans to get the booster shot pic.twitter.com/yohPjfEtLm1:32 AM

Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LeBron said he was frustrated with the way this specific situation worked out, beginning with an initial negative test, then the one that ended up being a false positive, but said of the NBA’s health and safety protocols: “I think they’ve done a great job.” – 1:26 AM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
LeBron on Tyronn Lue (via @TomerAzarly): “T-Lue is great. Simple as that. … He’s great at every facet of the game.” – 1:25 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
LeBron says he knew he wouldn’t have what he needed tonight after four straight days off. Emphasized that in the lineup with him and Melo at the 4 and 5, he was “pretty shitty” on the defensive end. But says that he was just grateful to be out there. – 1:23 AM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
LeBron James said he was “pretty shitty” defensively tonight. – 1:23 AM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Hartenstein orates a thank you card to Eric Bledsoe. pic.twitter.com/m0tIy48eRZ1:21 AM

Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
LeBron James on not yet playing 4 straight games this season: “It’s been a very challenging year to start. … Only good things ahead.” – 1:20 AM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
LeBron James on being positive he never had a positive test pic.twitter.com/bFLkv2uB331:20 AM

Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
LeBron was upset that after testing positive for COVID he wasn’t immediately given another test, but was rather put straight into isolation. – 1:19 AM
Bill Oram @billoram
LeBron James said he was “confused and frustrated, angry” while navigating the league’s health and safety protocols with his false positive. – 1:18 AM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
LeBron James: “I knew I was going to get cleared because I never felt sick. … I thought it was handled very poorly.” – 1:17 AM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
LeBron James on the past few days after false positive test: “Pretty confused, frustrated, angry with not being able to do anything.” – 1:16 AM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
LeBron James on the last few days: “Pretty just confused, frustrated, angry.” – 1:16 AM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Malik Monk said LAL are making progress, but still have a lot of things to iron out w/so many new guys, and lineups that haven’t played much together.
“It’s kinda hard to click right away.”
That said, he’s starting to find a nice rhythm, w/at least 20 points in 3 of 4 games. – 1:13 AM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
“He’s one of the best shooters in the league,” Isaiah Hartenstein on his buddy Luke Kennard. Says he tells him that too.
“This game we came back to where our second unit was.” – 1:12 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Isaiah Hartenstein praising Clippers defensive coaches Dan Craig and Brendan O’Connor for putting him in position to defend multiple positions – 1:10 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Malik Monk also mentioned the adjustment of the Clippers moving Luke Kennard to the strong side where there was no defensive help, getting him open. – 1:05 AM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Luke Kennard: “They want me to take shots, if I have space, they want me to shoot it.” – 1:03 AM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Anthony Davis on LeBron James’ fluid availability this week: “It’s just tough when you’re in and out of the lineup, especially when you don’t have a reason to be out and you’re playing well. It is frustrating a little bit. But no one is going to feel sorry for ourselves.” – 1:02 AM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Luke Kennard: “I thought everybody kind of responded from the other night, from the last few games. It’s something we have to keep building off of.” – 1:02 AM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Luke Kennard: “Lot of credit to TLue, the way he was throwing things out there. He was seeing things and next time down, orchestrating everything and getting us in the right spots.” – 1:00 AM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Luke Kennard: “I just thought we executed really well.” – 1:00 AM
Ralph Lawler @Ohmeomy
Big time – Fun time win for Clippers over Lakers 119-115. Totally entertaining 2nd half. – 12:57 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Ty Lue praised Eric Bledsoe extensively just now for his role tonight as the backup point guard. Made it clear that it was nothing he did to be out of starting 5, and credited Bledsoe for his defense that helped Clips get as high as #2 in the league.
A lot to think of here. – 12:54 AM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Ty Lue called Eric Bledsoe “great” off the bench, saying he was a sparkplug for the reserves’ offense. Said the bench move reflected nothing Bledsoe had done wrong. – 12:53 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Frank Vogel says LeBron has had “a tough few days” experiencing the sudden stop of the COVID protocols after preparing to play in Sac, going home and being under quarantine, then getting the late approval to play. Commends his effort under the circumstances. – 12:51 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Ty Lue said that best way to get Marcus Morris in shape was moving him from 4 to the 3 🤣 – 12:51 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Tyronn Lue says tonight’s starting lineup was strictly for matchup, and something to account for until “Nico gets back.”
Shook his head at the thought of going back to it, but liked the defensive tone and rebounding set by Zubac and Ibaka. – 12:47 AM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Ty Lue said the Ibaka-Zubac starting lineup is something he’ll use as matchups dictate until Nico Batum comes back. Said he thought the bigs “set the tone” defensively by protecting the rim. – 12:47 AM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
If the Lakers are anything thus far this season, it’s consistently mediocre. – 12:46 AM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
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Suns streak over, Warriors back on top, ROCKETS (!?), KD too good, Lakers lose, do i love Darby Carter
Taking your calls all night ⬇️ twitter.com/i/spaces/1yoKM…12:45 AM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Anthony Davis on learning about LeBron James got out of the NBA’s health and safety protocols earlier than expected pic.twitter.com/Uxz5Vfge3F12:45 AM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Paul George said Clippers “aren’t a one-man team” … he missed his only two field goals in a scoreless fourth quarter, but had four assists in the final frame.
The six Clippers who scored in the 4th: Jackson, Morris, Hartenstein, Kennard, Mann, Bledsoe – 12:43 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Paul George said that he re-twisted his ankle tonight, but is hopeful that he’ll be fine for tomorrow in Sacramento. – 12:39 AM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Paul George said he felt he re-twisted an ankle tonight and said “hopefully” he’s good to play tomorrow in Sacramento. – 12:38 AM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Paul George says he twisted his ankle a little bit, “Hopefully it’s good to go for tomorrow, but coming into tonight, I felt really good.” – 12:38 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Anthony Davis said he just now watched the film of the last few plays with LeBron, Melo and Rondo, and said he thought the Morris shot was a “tip your hat to him” play, but the Kennard threes were the result of good playcalls. – 12:37 AM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Paul George on Luke Kennard’s 19 points (11 in the fourth): “It says a lot about him, he wasn’t happy with how he’d been playing, coming into tonight, biggest brightest lights … so far … and instant offense.” – 12:37 AM
Dan Favale @danfavale
i wonder if gary payton ii trolls steph and dray for wanting to keep avery bradley over him – 12:36 AM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Paul George is quick the postgame interview, quips: “Early P.” – 12:35 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Tyronn Lue is 4-0 as Clippers head coach against the Lakers.
Here are the largest Lakers leads in those games
Tonight: 0
May 2021: 2
Easter 2021: 0
Ring Night 2020: 0 – 12:35 AM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
The silver lining is that Malik Monk was again awesome, and the longer he does this, the more likely it is that the Lakers accept that Kendrick Nunn (unless he defends!) is probably redundant and has to be treated as a trade piece. His $5 million salary is critical on that front. – 12:33 AM
StatMuse @statmuse
The Clippers are 12-0 when Marcus Morris scores 20+ points.
(Submitted by @DeePee30) pic.twitter.com/vOBHnht3zC12:31 AM

Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Clippers over Lakers, 119-115…
Its been the theme for the LakeShow all Season, every opportunity to start building momentum, they lose…Just can’t put together a couple good games in a row…What you think Laker Fans?
Next up, Lakers/Celtics on Tuesday…
@ESPNLosAngeles12:27 AM
Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
Final from Downtown Los Angeles. pic.twitter.com/QpXPs5U2sN12:26 AM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Clippers start three-game road trip with a 119-115 win in Los Angeles against the Lakers to reach 12-11 and drop Lakers to 12-12.
It’s the 29th win for the Clippers against the Lakers in the last 36 meetings.
FTs in the first half, 3s in the second half for LAC
On to Sacramento – 12:26 AM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
Lakers lose 119-115 to the Clippers in a game LAL just couldn’t get over the hump. AD 27p 10r; LeBron 23p 11r 6a; Monk 20p; Melo 13p; Russ 10p 9a. Lakers don’t play again until Tuesday, hosting Boston – 12:26 AM
Nicolas Batum @nicolas88batum
Great win TEAM win!!!! #ClipperNation 💪🏽 – 12:26 AM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Final: Clippers 119, Lakers 115
The Lakers drop to 12-12 and 7-5 w/ LeBron James. Anthony Davis led LA with 27 points & 10 rebounds. LeBron had 23 points & 11 rebounds. The Lakers’ pick-and-roll D and Clippers’ 3s were the difference in crunch time.
Up next: vs. Boston on Tues. – 12:26 AM
Brad Turner @BA_Turner
Lakers lose to Clippers 119-115.
AD with 27 points, 10 rebounds, LeBron James with 23 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists – 12:25 AM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Clippers 119, Lakers 115 | Welcome back Mook (7-12, 6-9 from 3 – team/season-high 21); Serge (3-4, 3-3 six rebounds) … and, well, Luke too: 7-10, 5-8 19 pts. – 12:25 AM
Bill Oram @billoram
Lakers lose 119-115. AD goes for 27 and 10. LeBtron, back on the court at the end of a very bizarre week, finishes with 23 and 11. – 12:25 AM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
The Clippers beat the Lakers, 119-115, to end their losing streak on the first night of a back to back.
Morris with 21
Kennard with 19
George with 19 – 12:24 AM
Brad Turner @BA_Turner
Clippers hit back-to-back-to-back threes, two by Luke Kennard, one by Marcus Morris, for a 119-113 lead over Lakers with seven seconds left. – 12:23 AM
Nicolas Batum @nicolas88batum
🤷🏽‍♂️ – 12:23 AM
Danny Leroux @DannyLeroux
Marcus Morris banked-in game-sealing three especially for @SethPartnow12:23 AM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
10 turnovers tonight, the Clippers’ fewest since Nov. 9, BTW. – 12:23 AM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Luke Kennard after the last loss: “It’s not fun when we’re losing. We don’t expect to lose. We expect to win. That’s what we’re here for and … we got two games back-to-back. It’s the best chance, the quickest opportunity to get back in the winning column, the winning track.” – 12:23 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Marcus Morris Sr. with the final sauce in this one, a tough 3-pointer to close the door for the Clippers. – 12:23 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Marcus Morris Sr. hit that one for his twin – 12:22 AM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LAL won’t foul here. Down 3 after LeBron’s layup. – 12:22 AM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Luke Kennard sending some of the court-side fans home – 12:21 AM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Luke Kennard has 5 3’s, all in the 2nd half, including each of the last 2 possessions, which may prove fatal for LAL.
LAL had many chances to take the lead, but couldn’t get over the hump, and now trail 116-111 wiith 37.5 to play. – 12:21 AM
Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
Luke Kennard, onions – 12:21 AM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
The Clippers’ offense has gone through stages of heat checks tonight. Marcus Morris early, Hartenstein to start the fourth, and now Luke Kennard with two threes in the last two minutes for a 116-111 lead on the Lakers. – 12:21 AM
Bill Oram @billoram
Just checked the box score and expected Luke Kennard to have 35 points. It’s just 19, but 7-of-10 shooting, including five 3s. He’s killed the Lakers. – 12:21 AM
Los Angeles Clippers @LAClippers
LUKE KENNARD!!!! 👌👌👌 – 12:20 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
I know a lot of people in this building clownt on Luke Kennard, so pull up your receipts – 12:20 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Back-to-back killer threes by Luke Kennard. The Lakers are down five with 37.5 seconds left. – 12:20 AM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The Lakers give up so many wide-open shots. The defense should not be this bad. It puts so much stress on the offense to play perfectly. – 12:20 AM
Danny Leroux @DannyLeroux
Lakers/Clippers is close late, for those who have League Pass. – 12:19 AM
Bill Oram @billoram
Somebody smarter than me is going to figure out how many possessions the Lakers have had the ball with an opportunity to take the lead and been unable to do so. As close as this has been down the stretch, the Lakers have still never led. – 12:18 AM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Paul George was furious about his no-call, leaping into the air with both hands raised. Going into the timeout, four Clippers — Ibaka, Reggie, Morris and PG, are talking with an official. And Luke Kennard turned to one and said, “that’s a foul.” – 12:18 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Clippers have not trailed in this game. Up 110-109 with 86 seconds left. – 12:17 AM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
The Lakers have not led tonight, but trail by only one with 1:45 to play. Their chance to take a lead was stopped by an offensive foul on Westbrook. – 12:16 AM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
A national hoops audience is really missing out on a riveting Lakers-Clippers game – 12:16 AM
Los Angeles Clippers @LAClippers
Cool Hand Luke 👌
📺 @BallySportWest | @Luke Kennard pic.twitter.com/aOw18686MD12:14 AM

Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Eight missed FT’s for the Lakers looming large here, as AD split his last 4 attempts. Clippers continue to hit 3’s in the 2nd half, with 9 of their 13 makes.
Nonetheless, the Lakers are within 2 at 106-104 after AD’s put-back dunk, with 3:49 to play. – 12:11 AM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Ivica Zubac is re-entering the game with 3:49 to play in the fourth. He’s been off the court for 12 minutes of game time. – 12:10 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Can’t even begin to express how upset Ty Lue was at that missed stepback by Paul George. – 12:10 AM
Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Monk with 18pts, all coming in the 2nd half… – 12:09 AM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Perhaps the Lakers “don’t get any calls” because the refs know free throw attempts are wasted on them. AK – 12:08 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Clippers in bonus last 6:28 of regulation. – 12:05 AM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Serge Ibaka is back in the game after resting for seven minutes of game time. – 12:04 AM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Malik Monk was 0 for 3 in the 1st half.
In the second half, he’s now 6 for 6 with 4 3’s. – 12:04 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Malik Monk, again, is a shot of electricity off the Lakers’ bench. He’s 6 for 9, including 4 for 6 from deep, and his 16 points leads the reserves midway through the fourth quarter. – 12:03 AM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
LeBron can’t gamble like that when he’s the backline guy. AK – 12:01 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
I reckon Ty Lue will take the LeBron on, PG/Reggie off minutes to start this fourth. But Lue stopped the game with Clippers up 98-93 with 7:44 left.
Something to watch: Lakers are in bonus for the rest of regulation.
I say regulation since, you know, it’s the Lakers. OT likely! – 12:01 AM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Isaiah Hartenstein cannot be stopped – 11:57 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Hot damn!!! I’ve been waiting ages for a classic LeBron-Hartenstein mano y’ mano! AK – 11:56 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Frank lost it at Eric Lewis after LeBron’s last drive to the rim when it look like he took some contact. Surprised that wasn’t a tech. – 11:55 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Three of Isaiah Hartenstein’s four buckets tonight have been those little floaters in the paint. He has such touch with that shot. – 11:55 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Three straight buckets for LAL with the spaced out LeBron-at-5 lineup, but LAC managed two FG’s at the rim on the other end. – 11:54 PM
Los Angeles Clippers @LAClippers
Put ’em in a spin cycle! 🔄
📺 @BallySportWest | @Paul George pic.twitter.com/2ZHvdhJ1kZ11:51 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Clippers up 87-79 at the end of three quarters in Los Angeles despite Paul George and Reggie Jackson missing 12 of 13 3s.
Ivica Zubac and Marcus Morris Sr. join George and Jackson in double figures. Only 7 turnovers for Clippers, which has been the biggest factor along with FTs. – 11:50 PM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Clippers 87, Lakers 79 | End 3 | In the third, Lue’s team goes 13 for 24, 7 for 15 from 3 and turns it over just once. That’ll help the cause. – 11:50 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LAL have been much better in third quarters of late, but tonight were outscored 34-29, allowing the Clippers to take an 87-79 lead into the 4th Q.
LAL kept LAC off the FT line in the period, but the Clippers hit 13 of 24 FG’s, including 7 of 15 3’s (3 from Marcus Morris alone). – 11:50 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
After Q3: Clippers 87, Lakers 79.
Lakers lost discipline on 3-point shooters in that one, giving up 34 points in that quarter. The Lakers’ own starting lineup is struggling from deep, just a combined 3 for 13. – 11:50 PM
Brad Turner @BA_Turner
Lakers give up 34 points in third and trail Clippers 87-79 end of the quarter. – 11:49 PM
Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Going into the 4th qtr, Clippers up 87-79… – 11:49 PM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
PG almost gave it away a moment ago, but after games of seven and eight turnovers, tonight he’s got just the one so far. And the Clippers have seven with 1:29 to go in the third. – 11:47 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
The Clippers have built a nine-point lead and are now turning to much of their bench to protect it with 2:01 to play in the third quarter. – 11:46 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Clippers took a 10-point lead before Malik Monk 3.
But Paul George is a fixed 3-pointer away from a complete game here. He’s 5/8 on FGs inside the arc, has made 5/6 FTs, and has 7 rebs, 5 asts, 2 steals. Only ONE turnover.
Clippers up 77-68 with 3:23 left in third quarter. – 11:43 PM
Jon Hamm @JonMHamm
wait why are the lakers choosing to be not better than the clippers so far tonight – 11:41 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
4-point play for Marcus Morris Sr. Welcome to the 2021-22 season, Mook! – 11:39 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Clippers coaches were putting hands to an arm to show a foul on Marcus Morris even before he hit the floor on his corner three and-1. Clippers lead by seven and it has so much to do with his 5-for-8 shooting from 3. – 11:39 PM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Paul George is 0 for 6 from 3 thus far… but Mook? He’s 5-8, including that one, falling into the bench and drawing the foul. – 11:38 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Malik Monk in the game.
It was at this time Tuesday in Sacramento that the Lakers completely flipped the game (although that sub upstate was for THT, not for Russ) – 11:37 PM
Los Angeles Clippers @LAClippers
ANOTHER THREE FOR @Serge Ibaka!
📺 @BallySportWest | #ClipperNation pic.twitter.com/HcQ76mOh7L11:36 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
That SLOB was fascinating… Lue audibled out of original setup after Lakers made an adjustment prior to the inbound.
Then George fired an absolute laser to Morris for a corner 3.
Clippers started this second half decently enough, and still lead 64-59 with 7:17 left in third. – 11:34 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
The Pels are 6-6 over their last 12 games with wins over Memphis, LA Clippers (2x), Washington, Utah and Dallas. – 11:30 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
MOST 3’S AGAINST BOSTON – NBA HISTORY
27 – @ Utah – Dec. 3, 2021
23 – @ Atlanta – Feb. 24, 2021
22 – Vs. LA Lakers – Feb 7, 2019
21 – Four times – 11:29 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Dwight Howard just forced a turnover with a deflection, where he’s excelled this season. He ranks 7th in the NBA in deflections per 36 minutes (4.1). – 11:28 PM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Clippers feel Nicolas Batum’s absence ocregister.com/2021/12/03/cli…11:18 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
MOST 3’S AGAINST BOSTON – NBA HISTORY
24 – Utah – Dec. 3, 2021**
23 – Atlanta – Feb. 24, 2021
22 – LA Lakers – Feb 7, 2019
21 – Four times
** 3:06 remaining – 11:18 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
One thing to watch for is how the Clippers start second half. Ty Lue has needed to use quick timeouts often during 3-7 slide.
And Lakers should have an extra gear after not playing last two days (James has been off testing since Sunday night).
Clippers in 4th game in 6 nights. – 11:18 PM
Los Angeles Clippers @LAClippers
Silky smooth with it.
📺 @BallySportWest | @Reggie Jackson pic.twitter.com/L3SSSSgVSB11:17 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Out of 11 Lakers fouls, 10 of the resulted in Clippers free throws.
Clippers might be in decent shape if non Morris/Ibaka shooters make 3s (Morris/Ibaka: 3/5 3s; rest of team: 1/10 3s) – 11:15 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
MOST 3’S AGAINST BOSTON – NBA HISTORY
23 – Atlanta – Feb. 24, 2021
23 – Utah – Dec. 3, 2021**
22 – LA Lakers – Feb 7, 2019
21 – Four times
** 4:55 remaining – 11:14 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Halftime: Clippers 53, Lakers 50
Anthony Davis has 12 points & 5 rebounds. LAL has outscored LAC 24-16 in the paint, but the Clippers are dominating the Lakers at the FT line (19-20 compared to 6-10). Carmelo Anthony & Wayne Ellington are providing a spark w/ their shooting. – 11:12 PM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Clippers 53, Lakers 50 | Half | Clippers took more free throws that half than in any other this season — and go 19 for 20. Otherwise, they’re 15 for 38 from the field and 4 for 15 from 3 (Morris has two). – 11:12 PM
Brad Turner @BA_Turner
Anthony Davis has 12 points, 5, LeBron James 7 points and Carmelo Anthony 8, but the Lakers trail the Clippers 53-50 at the half. – 11:11 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Clippers built an 11-point lead, but Ellington’s shooting and an increased pace to end the quarter allowed Lakers to close on 10-2 run in 90 seconds.
It’s still a 53-50 Clippers lead at halftime despite Clippers shooting only 39.5% from field and 26.7% from 3. Only 6 LAC TOs. – 11:11 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
The Clippers had an 11 point lead with about 2 minutes to go, but the Lakers closed it to 53-50 at the half. Gritty 12 points from Anthony Davis leading them. Russ has 5 points, 5 assists. Was an interesting closing group with Melo and Ellington complementing the Big Three. – 11:11 PM
Bill Oram @billoram
Lakers trailed by 11 with 90 seconds left in the half, but closed it out on a 10-2 run to pull within 53-50. Anthony Davis with 12 points, 5 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony 8 points, LeBron 7. – 11:10 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Halftime: Clippers 53, Lakers 50
Paul George with 11 points, Ivica Zubac with 10 and Reggie Jackson with 9 for LAC, while Anthony Davis has 12 for LAL. Lakers have yet to lead. – 11:10 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Ellington out there alongside LeBron, AD, Russ + Melo pays off in the final two minutes, as he drills a 3 from each side of the court to quickly trim what grew to an 11-point lead down to 5.
AD then drew a foul with 4.0 seconds left, and hit 2 FT’s to cap a 10-2 run. – 11:09 PM
Bill Oram @billoram
Lakers have found something here to end the second quarter with a bit of a scoring burst. Two 3s from Wayne Ellington, plus a dandy pass from Russ off the pump fake to find AD for a two-handed jam. – 11:09 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Great ball movement in this lineup from the Lakers in the closing minutes of the half. – 11:07 PM
Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
In the Pels’ two lowest-scoring first quarters of the season – tonight and 11/19 vs LAC – they’ve gone on to win the game.
And they won both by double digits. – 11:07 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Lakers and Clippers both have the same number of assists (7). But a strong difference in free-throws between the Clippers (19-of-20) and Lakers (4-of-8). – 11:06 PM
Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
Stat that bears repeating/updating: #Pelicans started this season 1-9 on the road, but have now won three of last four, beating Utah, Clippers, Dallas – 11:04 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
MOST 3’S AGAINST BOSTON – NBA HISTORY
23 – Atlanta – Feb. 24, 2021
22 – LA Lakers – Feb 7, 2019
22 – Utah – Dec. 3, 2021**
21 – Four times
** 8:15 remaining – 11:03 PM
Bob Garcia @bgarciaivsports
Clippers are about to be up to 20 FTs in the first half alone. – 11:02 PM
Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Difference in the game, free throws…
-Clippers 18 of 18
-Lakers 4 of 8
Lakers down 48-40… – 11:02 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
THT is getting the Josh Okogie treatment (that is, Ivica Zubac is guarding the sub-30% 3-point shooter) – 11:00 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Lakers have been foul happy tonight, sending the Clippers to the line 16 times already, with LAC yet to miss one attempt. Zubac has 6 makes, and both George and Bledsoe 4.
LAL trail 44-38 with 4:26 left in the 1st, having gone just 4 for 8 from the line. – 10:57 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
The big reason the Clippers are up is the Lakers can’t stop fouling: Clippers have made all 16 of their FTA, and the Lakers are just 4 for 8 from the line. – 10:57 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Brandon Boston Jr. has spent this game glued next to Kawhi on the bench when he’s been sitting. Guessing the rookie is getting some lessons passed down to him. – 10:52 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Random stat … coming into this game, @Anthony Davis ranked 2nd in the NBA in contested shots:
Rudy Gobert – 268
Anthony Davis- 255
Evan Mobley – 254 – 10:51 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LeBron scrambled to switch over to Zubac to relieve a guard on a mismatch, and Zubac couldn’t move him, leading to a turnover. LAL turned it over on the other end, though, as LeBron tried a lob to Reaves, and LAL still trail by 1. – 10:49 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
LeBron James tried to throw a lob pass to Austin Reaves. That would’ve been something if it worked. – 10:49 PM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Clippers lobs. Always an adventure. – 10:48 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Talen Horton-Tucker finishing at the rim like Old Talen. Talen Classic, if you will. – 10:48 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Horton-Tucker likes his matchups against Clippers centers, that much is clear. – 10:48 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Three-point shooting:
Clippers 3-12
Lakers 2-11 – 10:46 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
LeBron James with the drive-in lay-up and foul against Brandon Boston, a former Sierra Canyon teammate of Bronny James. – 10:45 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
This is only the fifth game that Eric Bledsoe is coming off the bench since leaving the Clippers in 2013. – 10:41 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LeBron at C, ‘Melo at PF to start the 2nd Q. – 10:39 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Brandon Boston Jr. on the floor with LeBron for the first time tonight — former Sierra Canyon player, meet Sierra Canyon spectator. – 10:38 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
The LA Clippers are up on the Los Angeles Lakers 23-22 at the end of the first quarter. Both teams shooting poorly: 40/30/100 for Clippers, 43.5/28.6/0 for Lakers.
Clippers doing a slightly better job than Lakers in terms of holding onto the ball (3 to 5 TO advantage) – 10:37 PM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Clippers 23, Lakers 22 | End 1 | Pretty even, as the score would indicate, though the Clippers did lead by 7. PG is leading the Clips with 6 points. – 10:37 PM
Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
Close one through 12 minutes. pic.twitter.com/u7hMveFGL810:37 PM

Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
First quarter: Clippers 23, Lakers 22
Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony lead the Lakers with 5 points each. LA’s 3-point shooting (2 of 7) and FT shooting (0 of 3) has hurt them early. Some solid minutes from Dwight Howard as starting center. – 10:37 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
End of the first: Clippers 23, Lakers 22
Clippers shooting 40% overall, 30% from 3 and have only three turnovers. – 10:35 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
After starting 0 for 5 from 3, LAL got triples from both ‘Melo and Westbrook in the final 1:04. Then ‘Melo added an and-1 jumper (missed FT) off an inbounds pass, to cap an 8-2 run.
As such, LAL trail by just 1, 23-22. – 10:35 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Melo with a couple big baskets toward the end of the quarter, the Lakers’ first 3-pointer, and just now a tough shot from the baseline. Livening up this slow-starting offense. After Q1: Clippers 23, Lakers 22. – 10:35 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
After two days off for the first time since late October, the Lakers may have fresh legs, but they haven’t found any rhythm on offense, now at 7 for 19 from the field (36.8%) with 5 turnovers.
They trail 21-14. – 10:32 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Waiting at the scorer’s table, Brandon Boston Jr. is about to rotation minutes. He replaces Reggie Jackson, so the Clippers add a bit more size. – 10:31 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
We’ve had some subs, but looks like Bledsoe may be Reggie Jackson’s direct backup tonight. Mann/Hartenstein/Kennard have gotten in already.
Clippers up 19-14 despite shooting only 40% from field with 2:49 left in opening quarter of play. Lakers have missed all 5 3s, both FTs – 10:29 PM
Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
Heads-up touch pass leads to the slam 💥 pic.twitter.com/6qbkacllQZ10:27 PM

Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Clippers are 3 for 5 from 3 early, with LAL 0 for 3, the early diifference in the game as LAC lead 15-8. – 10:22 PM
Bob Garcia @bgarciaivsports
High IQ play by Dwight to get LeBron that easy transition dunk – 10:18 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Paul George’s first turnover is a bad pocket pass that results in LeBron James’ first field goal on the break.
Two plays before that, Reggie Jackson had to foul after James stole it from him.
Tyronn Lue calls timeout with the game tied at 8-8, 7:18 left in first quarter – 10:17 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Really unique start to this game, with both teams massive for modern standards. It’s 8-8 at the 7:18 mark after a LeBron dunk courtesy of a pretty touch pass from Howard.
Clips started Morris at the 3 (their usual small ball 5), Ibaka the 4 and Zubac the 5 to counter LAL. – 10:17 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
LeBron has entered the chat. He ties it at 8 with a fastbreak dunk, and Ty Lue calls a timeout. Four different Lakers have scored already. – 10:16 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Russ starting out defensively on Paul George. Interesting assignment to see play out, for however long it does. AK – 10:16 PM
Los Angeles Clippers @LAClippers
Serge startin’ us off 👌
📺 @BallySportWest | @Serge Ibaka pic.twitter.com/dvjRyI8aVT10:16 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Before tipoff, LeBron James pointing at Clippers coach Ty Lue and exchanging some trash talk – 10:10 PM
Los Angeles Clippers @LAClippers
PG says: Let’s play some basketball!
📺 @BallySportWest | #ClipperNation pic.twitter.com/MpffTSQjS710:10 PM

Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
☑️ First Cavalier with 32-10-8 in a game since LeBron James in 2018
☑️ Third Cavalier in franchise history with 32-10-8 before turning 22
#LetEmKnow pic.twitter.com/85XC6bMWqM10:10 PM

Ben Golliver @BenGolliver
Lakers’ LeBron James, fresh off a two-day stint in NBA’s covid-19 health and safety protocols, ready to go for “Battle of LA” against Clippers at Staples Center pic.twitter.com/Ukfj3Ky0PI10:01 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Darius Garland tonight:
32 PTS
8 REB
10 AST
11-17 FG
5-6 3P
He is the third Cavs player ever with a 30/8/10 game before turning 22. The other two were LeBron and Kyrie. pic.twitter.com/7qF3vp3W4C9:55 PM

Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
Bron back. Dwight in.
#SuitingUpTogether | @ToyotaSoCal pic.twitter.com/IwG90Z5HUQ9:42 PM

Atlanta Hawks PR @HawksPR
With his 10th assist tonight (21 PTS, 10 AST), Trae Young has recorded his 70th career 20+ point, 10+ assist outing of his career, tying Russell Westbrook for most 20p/10a games since 2018-19.
Young has notched seven 20p/10a games this season, the second-most in the league. – 9:38 PM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
LA vs Los Angeles
LAC
Marcus Morris Sr.
Serge Ibaka
Ivica Zubac
Paul George
Reggie Jackson
LAL
LeBron James
Anthony Davis
Dwight Howard
Talen Horton-Tucker
Russell Westbrook – 9:32 PM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
The Lakers say LeBron James is back and starting against the Clippers.
More NBA from me: https://t.co/LGN9cVpeGP pic.twitter.com/WNIu7X12Dz9:31 PM

Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
Dwight gets the start
#LakeShow x @DWS_Group pic.twitter.com/1BNcYWb9aD9:30 PM

Dave McMenamin @mcten
Tonight’s the last game between the Lakers and Clippers at Staples Center before the building changes its name to https://t.co/RbGGF9G7ZG Arena later this month. Plenty of fun moments between the two teams here the last 22 years, but this one stands out to me: pic.twitter.com/gkdwepISUM9:11 PM

Los Angeles Clippers @LAClippers
The lowdown on the showdown.
#GetItLocked | @betwayusa9:00 PM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Angeleno Ivica Zubac — once a Laker, now a Clipper — on what he loves about L.A. “I just like how in one city you got whatever you need. Where I grew up no shopping malls, no movie theaters, no bowling alleys, nothing like that. I just like having everything in the same city.” pic.twitter.com/9kjMu3J2hP8:58 PM

Eddie Sefko @ESefko
For a moment, Luka Doncic had two fouls in the first 4:24. But the last one was changed to Dwight Powell. No. 7 instead of 77. Mavericks up 7-2 early. – 8:49 PM
Rashad Mobley @rashad20
Losing by 30+ points to a LeBron-less Cavs team is bad, but hey, at least it isn’t a 73-point deficit amirite? – 8:48 PM
Jason Anderson @JandersonSacBee
Kings officially list Harrison Barnes (foot) as doubtful Saturday vs. Clippers. Maurice Harkless (knee) is questionable. Marvin Bagley III (illness) is not listed on the injury report. Robert Woodard II (G League) is out. Louis King, Jahmi’us Ramsey, Neemias Queta are active. – 8:43 PM
Los Angeles Clippers @LAClippers
Friday night hoops in DTLA.
🕖 7:00PM PT | 📺 @BallySportWest pic.twitter.com/ezVcmjA8BV8:39 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Eric Bledsoe will come off the bench tonight.
Jackson, George, Morris, Ibaka, Zubac tonight at Los Angeles – 8:39 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Clippers lineup: Reggie, Paul, Marcus, Serge and Zubac – 8:38 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Ty Lue said Paul George feels good after tweaking an ankle Sunday. – 8:37 PM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Ty Lue says Paul George’s tweaked ankle shouldn’t be an issue: “He said he feels good.” – 8:37 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Ty Lue says the Clippers will use their big starting lineup again vs. Lakers. He felt their start was “pretty good” in their debut Wednesday. – 8:31 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Lakers coach Frank Vogel not sure if LeBron James did individual work privately while he was away from the team because of health protocols. But Vogel suspects LeBron got some work in – 8:27 PM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Chatted with Ivica Zubac pregame, @TomerAzarly wondered: “LeBron was expected to be out, then cleared protocol – did that change anything for you guys in the last couple days?”
Zu: “I mean, he’s one of the best players in the world. It changed our scouting report a little bit.” – 8:27 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Frank Vogel says he saw “a lot of Scottie Pippen” in Paul George when he coached him with the Pacers. – 8:24 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Frank Vogel says that he thought the Clippers would lose Reggie Jackson in free agency this past offseason after how well Jackson played in the playoffs – 8:24 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Westbrook, THT, LeBron, AD and Howard will start tonight (another new starting 5).
Vogel said Avery Bradley is technically available with the sprained thumb, but he won’t start, and we’ll see if he ends up being used. – 8:21 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Frank Vogel said he was told it was “a possibility” that LeBron could clear protocols earlier than expected, but proceeded as if he could miss more time until he was told otherwise.
Dwight Howard will be in the starting lineup, as Vogel suggested yesterday. THT will also start. – 8:20 PM
Brad Turner @BA_Turner
Dwight Howard is starting and so is Talen Horton-Tucker – 8:20 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Lakers’ starters against the Clippers:
Dwight Howard
Anthony Davis
LeBron James
Talen Horton-Tucker
Russell Westbrook – 8:20 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Lakers starting lineup: Russ-THT-LeBron-AD-Dwight. Avery Bradley is available, and the game itself will dictate whether or not he plays. AK – 8:20 PM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
Lakers starters tonight, per Frank Vogel: LeBron, AD, Russ, Dwight and THT – 8:20 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Frank Vogel says he won’t start Avery Bradley. But he’ll use him.
Dwight Howard and Talen Horton-Tucker will start tonight. – 8:20 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Avery Bradley is not going to start but is going to be available tonight, per Frank Vogel. – 8:19 PM
Atlanta Hawks PR @HawksPR
Per @EliasSports, Young (23 years, 75 days) is the second-youngest player in NBA history to tally 5,500+ points and 2,000+ assists (LeBron James-22 years, 97 days).
He’s also the second-quickest in terms of games played (227 games) to do so (Oscar Robinson-192 games). – 7:55 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
If Radakovich decides to stay put at Clemson instead of taking on a new challenge here, UM has other candidates lined up. @RossDellenger reporting UM has reached out to several Power 5 ADs and offering what would make an AD the highest-paid in the country. – 7:36 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
Clemson’s Dan Radakovich (obviously NOT pictured below) has always been UM’s preferred choice for AD, sources said today. Canes optimistic about closing the deal. He attended UM for MBA, would be home run hire: miamiherald.com/sports/college…7:10 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
What should we expect with LeBron James’ return? How has Brandon Ingram handled a tough season in New Orleans? I talk about that & more with @JaredSGreenberg on @NBATV. Tune in at 4:10 pm PT – 6:54 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Load Mismanagement with @Jphanned is live @UnderdogFantasy now through tipoff
Suns vs. Warriors rematch, Lakers/Clippers, WOLVES! taking all player prop/ATS/DFS questions and breaking lineup news to get you ready for tonight’s slate ⬇️
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The Ringer @ringernba
After 23 games, @Bell19Raja is ready to finally say it … the Lakers are NOT championship contenders. #RealOnes
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Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
NEW from @smillerdegnan , @kaufsports and me: UM in hot pursuit of Cristobal and optimistic about its chances; and Canes close in on AD hire: miamiherald.com/sports/college…6:21 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
UM hopes to have Cristobal & new AD in place by early next week. (Of course, Cristobal must agree to terms in writing, which hasn’t happened.)We reported earlier today of UM interest in Clemson’s Radakovich. CBS and SI. com report he hasn’t yet been hired; Oregonlive says he has. – 6:12 PM
David Locke @DLocke09
4 of the top 10 plpayers in the NBA with the most off the dribble three point shot attempts this season are shooting below 30% on those shots – Damian Lillard, Jayson Tatum, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Paul George – 5:28 PM
Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Free agent Wesley Matthews plans to sign a deal with the Bucks, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. The 12-year veteran, who spent last season with the Los Angeles Lakers, is set to return to Milwaukee. – 5:01 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
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