Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/5/13
LOS ANGELES -- In the span of one season, the Los Angeles Clippers have transformed from a two-man army, The Blake and Chris Show, into a deep squad, with one of the best benches in the NBA. Every so often, though, the stars come out at night and light up Staples Center. Against Kobe Bryant and Co., it was bound to happen. Chris Paul had a double-double in the first half and finished with 30 points and 13 assists and Blake Griffin had 24 points to lead the Clippers to a 107-102 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night at Staples Center. Without leading reserve Jamal Crawford, who was sidelined by a sore foot suffered Tuesday in their win streak-snapping loss at Denver, the Clippers turned to their two brightest stars to defeat the Lakers for the second time this season. Paul, who had 11 fourth-quarter points, made a fadeaway jumper over Kobe Bryant with 27 seconds left to put the Lakers away after the Clippers nearly surrendered a huge second-half lead. The Clippers l...
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