You would have never known that the Los Angeles Clippers were coming off 2-straight losses last night, as they reasserted their dominance of the Staples Center against the Los Angeles Lakers 107-102.
The Clippers were able to regain the momentum that seemed to be lacking and were able to reestablish their inside game, outscoring the Lakers 52-36 in the paint. They also out rebounded the Lakers 47-36 and effectively silenced Pau Gasol. With those two aspects of the game fully under Clippers control, even Kobe Bryant’s 38 points couldn’t save the Lakers.
For the Clippers, Chris Paul led the team with 30 points and 13 assists. Has anyone else seen that really funny State Farm commercial with Chris and his twin brother “Cliff” Paul? No? No one? Ok. Blake Griffin followed with 24 points and 5 rebounds.
For the Lakers, Bryant made last night his 16th-straight game with 27 points or more. It’s a little disgusting how good he is, isn’t it? Dwight Howard followed with 21 points and 15 rebounds, and Steve Nash had an impressive 10 assists with his 12 points.
With last night’s win, the Clippers were able to maintain the NBA’s second-best record at 26-8. They take on the Golden State Warriors again tonight, hoping to redeem their poor performance against the Warriors last Wednesday. If they win tonight, the Clippers will set a new franchise record with a 12-game home win streak.