THE Los Angeles Lakers rode a strong third quarter surge and averted another late-game collapse to end their 11-game losing spell to the Los Angeles Clippers, 111-102, at the Staples Center on Sunday (Monday, Manila time).
The Lakers unleashed a 12-0 run to turn a slim halftime deficit to a 67-58 lead. The Clippers, who started out hot behind JJ Redick’s 19 first half points, were held without a field goal for five minutes for a cold start after the break. Timofey Mozgov led the Lakers romp with 13 of his 19 points in the quarter as they led by as much as 18, 85-67, with over three minutes left in the third.
The Clippers, though, gave the Lakers some scare with an 11-0 start in the fourth, holding their cross-town rivals without a field goal five minutes bridging last two quarters. Lou Williams then broke dry spell with a split form the stripe, 90-85 with over seven minutes left. After a pair of free throws by Luol Deng, Jordan Clarkson ended the field goal drought with a layup off a steal to push the Lakers back up 94-85 with 7:13 to go.
Williams scored six straight points to get back up by double digits and a drive by D’Angelo Russell brought the lead at 13, 107-94, with 2:41 left in the fourth. Jamal Crawford had five unanswered points to get the Clippers within eight, 107-99, with 1:18 remaining. But Nick Young had the dagger triple with 37 ticks remaining, and the Lakers held on to beat the Clippers.
Seven Lakers players, including all starters, scored in double figures. Young and Mozgov each had 19, while Williams and Russell scored 14 apiece. Julius Randle and Deng added 13 markers each, and Brandon Ingram contributed 10 as the Lakers also broke a four-game slide to improve to 12-22.
Redick and Crawford each had 22 points to lead the Clippers. Redick, though, joined injured stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin on the sidelines after the third quarter due to some hamstring issues. Mo Speights was the only other Clipper in double figures with 15 as the team lost two in a row to fall to 22-10.