LAL – 111 LAC – 102
In the last game of the day on Christmas Day, the 11-22 Lakers hosted the 22-9 Clippers in a battle of the two teams of Los Angeles. Both the Clippers and Lakers came into this game short handed. Blake Griffin sat out with a knee injury and Chris Paul, who was a game time decision, sat out with a hamstring injury. The Lakers were without Larry Nance Jr. who was told he would miss 4 weeks with his knee injury. Both Jose Calderon and Tarik Black were active tonight but still did not play.
In the first half, it was the same problem the Lakers have been dealing with all season long with their atrocious defensive effort. Allowing JJ Redick to explode in the first and second quarters. Towards the end of the second quarter, the team’s offense and defense began to pick up with the assistance of Thomas Robinson and Brandon Ingram. The Lakers brought it close in the second quarter trailing 58-55 at the half. From there, it was all Lakers in the third quarter as they absolutely blitz the Clippers on a 28-9 run. The Lakers as a team outscored the Clippers in the 3rd quarter 34-16. In the 4th, the Clippers came out with a 6-0 run and brought the game within 4 points, but with no closer on the team, the Clippers struggled to get over the hump as Nick Young, D’Angelo Russell, and Lou Williams sealed the deal for the Lakers.
T. Mozgov – 19 points, 3 rebounds
N. Young – 19 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assist
D. Russell – 14 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assist
L. Williams – 14 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist
J. Randle – 13 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assist
L. Deng – 13 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assist, 2 steals, 2 blocks
J. Redick – 22 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assist
J. Crawford – 22 points, 3 assist
M. Speights – 15 points, 4 rebounds
D. Jordan – 7 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assist
R. Felton – 8 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assist, 2 steals, 2 blocks