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Lob City Ledger: Clippers vs. Lakers

Updated: December 22, 2011, 2:38 AM ET
By Kevin Arnovitz | Special to ESPNLosAngeles.com

Here's a quick look at how the Los Angeles Clippers performed in their 108-103 win over the Los Angeles Lakers:

Chris Paul


2-6 FG | 2-6 FT | 1 REB | 10 AST | 7 PTS | +11
GRADE: B

His otherworldly lob to DeAndre Jordan in the third quarter gave the Clippers their first lead of the night. He followed that up by feeding Griffin with one of his own on the break. Paul's individual numbers weren't outstanding, but for the second straight exhibition, he was at the controls of a very efficient Clippers offense.


Blake Griffin


11-17 FG | 8-10 FT | 6 REB | 7 AST | 30 PTS | +8
GRADE: A-

In the closing minutes, Griffin chewed up Troy Murphy with a nasty spin, up-and-under move punctuated with a throwdown. Griffin also showed off his ball skills, including a nice wraparound baseline pass to DeAndre Jordan en route to seven assists. And check out the free-throw totals -- 8-for-10 on the night.


DeAndre Jordan


6-10 FG | 2-5 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 14 PTS | +6
GRADE: C

A classically representative game for DJ. His freakish athletic prowess was on full display (his missed alley-oop might have been his most impressive feat of the night). Andrew Bynum shredded him one-on-one in the post, but Jordan fared much better as a weakside help defender. Abominable shooting at the line, but solid work inside.


The Glass


GRADE: D+

The Clippers found themselves out of position all night underneath and got outworked on the boards 44-27. Yes, the Lakers feature uncommon length up front, but the Clippers have to get more than 27 combined rebounds from the Jordan-Griffin tandem.


Los Angeles Lakers


GRADE: C-

It's easy to forget just how refined a big man Bynum is. His post play had DeAndre Jordan in knots all night. With Kobe Bryant in street clothes, the Lakers just don't have anyone who can create from the perimeter. That's a problem.

Grades by Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN.com

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