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Los Angeles Lakers Beat the Los Angeles Clippers for First Time Since 2013

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Los Angeles Lakers Beat the Los Angeles Clippers for First Time Since 2013

BY Matthew Long

@mattlongsports

The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Los Angeles Clippers for the first time since 2013, and snap an 11-game losing streak in the process. Nick YoungTimofey Mozgov, and Lou Williams played big roles in the victory.  Young and Mozgov scored 19 points apiece and the Sixth-Man of the Year candidate Lou Williams put up 14 and kept the momentum and lead going in the second half. The Lakers finished the game with an 111-102 win on Sunday night.

This much overdue win over their Staples Center co-tenants tied for the Lakers’ longest drought against any team since before the move to LA in 1960-61. This was also the Clippers longest active streak of wins over all opponents.

”It was needed, it was,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. ”It felt good to get this one back home. It’s been a tough couple of weeks, and we had to come together to win that one.”

The Lakers 18-0 run in the third quarter gave them the surge to get their second win in 14 games. They also match the Knicks’ record for wins on Christmas with their 22nd.

Williams has been a much needed veteran presence for this young team but makes no excuses. ”A win is a win, and nobody makes excuses for us when we have guys down,” Williams said. ”We got stops in the third quarter, and we were able to put a few (baskets) together. We were the most aggressive team coming out of the locker room.”

Mozgov has been the quality big and talent that this needs and hitting eight of eleven from the floor and was a large part of the effort that held, last season All-NBA first center, DeAndre Jordan to seven points and tied for a team-high of four in turnovers.

Clippers SG J.J. Redick was making up for the absence of All-Star PG Chris Paul and PF Blake Griffin, scoring 22 points, most of which came in the first quarter. He ended up sitting out the fourth quarter with an injury to his left hamstring. Former sixth-man of the year, Jamal Crawford came off the bench to score 22-points, and Jordan had 10-rebounds and a career-high six assists but is was still not enough to prevail. This is the Clippers third loss in the last nine games.

Moving forward Doc Rivers hopes to have Paul back soon, who was a last-minute scratch for the Christmas night game. This is the second straight game the Clippers will miss their best player to a left hamstring strain. Griffin is expected to be out for a month plus, after undergoing surgery on his right knee right knee surgery, while Paul was a late scratch for the second straight game with a left hamstring strain.

The Lakers we home from a 1-6 road trip, where they haven’t played that as the do at home, to begin a five-game homestand. Next up for the Lake Show are the Jazz, Mavericks, Raptors, and Grizzlies. As of right now three of the four teams left of the homestand look to be playoff teams and should give the Lakers healthy competition.

 

[Photo: Ty Nowell / Lakers.com]

 

 

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