10:30 PM ET, March 6, 2014
STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
Clips hand Lakers another blowout in sixth win in past seven meetings
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 6½ weeks from now, when they head into the playoffs without their intracity 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 Thursday 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.
"Since day one, there's always going to be something to talk about since we both play here in this building. During the game, all the fans were yelling: 'It's still a Laker town.' And it is -- no secret," Clippers point guard Chris Paul said. "But we just have to worry about us and keep playing. It's going in the right direction. We don't want to get too high or too low. We just want to try to keep getting better."
More Clippers-Lakers coverage
It used to be blasphemy to say the Clippers were the best team in L.A. The fact of the matter is it's simply old news after six wins in seven meetings with the Lakers, writes Arash Markazi. Blog
There comes a point when you just want it to stop -- the end seems merciful as the present becomes that awful, Ramona Shelburne writes. Blog
Darren Collison had a team-high 24 points while starting at shooting guard for the injured Jamal Crawford. Paul added 13 points and 11 assists for the Clippers, who have won the teams' past 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," Lakers shooting guard Jodie Meeks said. "Regardless of whether it's a record-breaking performance or not, it is still frustrating. 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. I do not think the Clippers are 48 points better than us."
The Clippers' have won six of the past seven meetings against their longtime tormentors, including a four-game sweep last season.
"It's another win," Paul said. "I mean, we don't get to subtract a loss from our loss column. This game was more about us and what we do. All we stress in the huddles and the locker room is, don't play the score. We're trying to build something. And whatever group is on the floor, we have to be us. That way it becomes second nature."
The Clippers are 35-98 against the Lakers since moving to Los Angeles from San Diego for the 1984-85 season, including 19-39 during their 15 seasons at Staples Center.
Pau Gasol had 21 points for the Lakers, the home team for the third of four meetings this season between the Staples Center co-tenants. They also faced each other in the season opener, which the Lakers won 116-103.
"There's nobody happy over there and everybody knows we're embarrassed and everybody knows that this league does not really care that we're embarrassed," said Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni. "The next guys will come in and try to do the same thing and we got to try to find a way to regroup and be up there when that next jump ball goes up and compete."
The Clippers had a 64-33 rebounding advantage and increased their lead in the Pacific Division to 4½ games over Golden State.
The Lakers are one defeat away from clinching the franchise's first losing season since 2004-05 -- when newly hired coach Rudy Tomjanovich resigned midway through the team's 34-48 season.
The loss also moved the Lakers (21-41) back into last place in the Western Conference. If they maintain their .339 winning percentage, it will be their worst season mark since the franchise moved to L.A. from Minneapolis, edging out the team's 1974-75 season when it went 30-52 (.366).
The Lakers trailed by just two points after the first quarter, but were outscored 44-13 in the second quarter as the Clippers blew the game wide open.
Kobe Bryant, who missed his 56th game of the season Thursday, tried to have a positive take after the loss.
Another stat that didn't go the Lakers way? The attendance. For the fourth time this season, the Lakers failed to sell out Staples Center for a home game. Their sellout streak of 320 games dating back to the 2006-07 season was snapped back in November.
"It's tough to see what's happened to them, because they were my team growing up," said Matt Barnes, one of 31 players who have played for the Clippers and Lakers since they began their intercity rivalry in 1984-85. "But they're an opponent now. We kept our foot on their neck the entire night. They're having a tough season, but that team will always find a way to get back on top."
This one reached blowout proportions early. The Clippers stormed to a 73-40 halftime lead. The arena started emptying after the third quarter ended 109-60.
"It was just a terrible game on our part -- turnovers, not getting back defensively and not moving the ball enough," Gasol said. "We did not create plays for each other, and that is how it started to fall apart. But you can't dwell on this game or it will really get you down."
Griffin notched his 36th double-double and is riding a career-best streak of 21 games with 20 or more points.
Crawford (left calf strain) sat out for the third straight game. Forward Jared Dudley (back spasms) missed his first of the season.
Jordan Hill didn't play for the Lakers because of a sore right knee.
Gasol said the Lakers' roster, composed primarily of young players, is causing the team trouble.
"Lack of experience, for the most part on teams, you're going to get inconsistency," Gasol said. "There's no way around it. There's no way we can avoid that when you don't have that type of experienced team and poised team and confident team. You're going to get ups and downs."
Griffin is averaging 21.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 51.5 percent from the field in 14 career games against the Lakers. The Clippers have won eight of them. ... Danny Granger, playing his second game with the Clippers after signing as a free agent last Friday, picked up his first three fouls during 2½ minutes early in the second quarter. He finished with 10 points in 19 minutes. ... The season series concludes on April 6 with a nationally televised matinee.
Information from The Associated Press and ESPNLosAngeles.com's Dave McMenamin was used in this report.
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 6: The Los Angeles Clippers stand together during the performance of the National Anthem...(Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Around The Association
MVP: Blake Griffin. Griffin finished with 20 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in just 26 minutes, hitting the 20-point mark for a streak-extending 22nd consecutive game.
X factor: The Lakers' roster. How sad is Kobe Bryant right now? The Clippers just handed the Lakers a 48-point loss, their worst in franchise history. Things aren't going well in Lakerland, and there doesn't seem to be any light at the end of the tunnel.
That was ... malicious: The Clippers outscored the Lakers 44-13 in the second quarter, then continued the onslaught and outscored them by 16 in the third. Meanwhile, every Clipper starter finished with a plus/minus better than 30.
Next 5 Games
Clippers: 48-point win over the Lakers * Clippers largest win ever (45 vs 76ers on Feb. 9, 2014) * Clippers largest win vs Lakers (36 on Jan. 10, 2014) * Clippers most points ever scored vs Lakers (138 on Nov. 27, 1981) * Lakers: largest loss ever (46-point loss at Portland on Jan. 9, 1995) * Clippers: most points ever scored on the road (140-135 OT win at Knicks on March 25, 2009) * Clippers: most points scored since March 13, 1998 (152-120 win vs Raptors)
The Clippers and Lakers meet tonight - and oh my how the tables have turned. The Clippers lead the Lakers by 20.5 games in the standings, which would by far exceed their best finish in front of the Lakers since their first season in L.A. (1984-85). In fact, prior to Chris Paul's arrival - the L.A. Clippers best finish in front of the Lakers was just 3 games.[+]
Best Finish Ahead of Lakers - Clippers Since Moving to L.A. (1984-85)
Chris Paul is averaging 20.5 points and 11.9 assists per game in 28 career games against the Lakers. Paul and Isiah Thomas are the only players in NBA history with career averages of at least 20 points and 10 assists against the Lakers (min. 5 GP).
The 48-point loss to the Clippers is the worst in Lakers history. Their .339 winning percentage this season is also the worst in the franchise's tenure while in Los Angeles. And get this... the Lakers are allowing 118 points per game since the All-Star break, the highest in the NBA.[+]
Lakers By The Numbers
ESPN Stats & Information
- NBA Home
- Boston Celtics
- Brooklyn Nets
- New York Knicks
- Philadelphia 76ers
- Toronto Raptors
- Chicago Bulls
- Cleveland Cavaliers
- Detroit Pistons
- Indiana Pacers
- Milwaukee Bucks
- Atlanta Hawks
- Charlotte Hornets
- Miami Heat
- Orlando Magic
- Washington Wizards