Friday, December 19, 2014

Clippers bomb Lakers

LOS ANGELES—The Lakers were the designated home team this time.
That meant the Clippers had to put up with looking at all those championship banners and retired numbers that their co-tenant at the Staples Center has had hanging on the wall since the arena opened 15 seasons ago—and weren’t able to cover them up with banners of their own players.

Perhaps seeing all those reminders of the Lakers’ decades of success will be an inspiration to the Clippers about six-and-a-half weeks from now, when they head into the playoffs without their intra-city rivals—who are in danger of finishing with their worst record since moving to L.A. from Minneapolis in 1959.
Blake Griffin had 20 points and 11 rebounds during three thunderous quarters by the Clippers, who routed the Lakers 142-94 last night to extend their winning streak to a season-best six games.
It was the most lopsided victory ever for the Clippers’ franchise and the most one-sided loss in Lakers’ history.
Darren Collison had a team-high 24 points while starting at shooting guard for the injured Jamal Crawford.
Point guard Chris Paul added 13 points and 11 assists for the Clippers, who have won the teams’ last two meetings by a combined 84 points.
The previous record for worst loss by a Lakers’ squad was set on Jan. 9, 1995, when they fell 129-83 at Portland.
The previous worst home loss was on Feb. 9, 1960, when Boston beat them 129-90.
“We got beat by 48. It’s not fun,” said Lakers’ shooting guard Jodie Meeks.
“Regardless of whether it’s a record-breaking performance or not, it is still frustrating,” he added.
“It’s not fun getting blown out at any level, but especially on national TV and in front of the world.
“We have to have more pride than that,” Meeks said.
“I do not think the Clippers are 48 points better than us.”
The Clippers’ have won six of the last seven meetings against their longtime tormentors, including a four-game sweep last season.
The Clippers are 35-98 against the Lakers since moving to L.A. from San Diego for the 1984-85 season, including 19-39 during their 15 seasons at Staples Center.

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