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Clippers turn Tinseltown upside down

That longtime speck in Lakers' rearview mirror is putting L.A. and the league on notice

Updated: January 15, 2012, 2:27 PM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- They claimed it was not a big game. That it was simply another game on the schedule. That it was no more important than the games they both will host in the same building Monday.

Of course, that wasn't the case.

Rivalry games always mean more, and perhaps that's something both teams, and maybe even this city, still need to get used to.

For the first time, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers actually have a rivalry.

Maybe it's too early ...

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