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Chris Paul had 30 points and 13 assists, Blake Griffin added 24 points, and the Los Angeles Clippers led all the way in beating the Lakers 107-102 on Friday night.
Kobe Bryant scored 38 points and Dwight Howard had 21 points and 15 rebounds for the Lakers, who lost for the second time this season to their Staples Center co-tenants.
Bryant carried the Lakers in the fourth quarter when they closed to 99-97 on his 23-foot jumper with 1:29 left. But Paul scored the Clippers' final eight points to seal the victory and drop the Lakers two games below .500. The Clippers lead the Lakers by 10 games in the standings.
The Lakers continue to struggle under new coach Mike D'Antoni. They've lost three of their last four games.
The Clippers shot 50 percent and dominated the paint, 52-36.
Bryant scored 16 points in the fourth, when the Lakers rallied from 19 points down. The Clippers fouled for much of the final 5:51. Howard missed two free throws but then made two to get the Lakers within four before Bryant's jumper left them trailing 99-97.
The Lakers got within three early in the third only to have the Clippers push their lead to 10 points. It was a similar situation in the second, when the Lakers got within five points on Bryant's 3-pointer before the Clippers ran their lead back to 10 points by halftime.
The Clippers had dropped two consecutive road games earlier in the week, when their 17-game winning streak was snapped.
Clippers F Jamal Crawford missed the game with a sore left foot that he hurt in Denver. ... Clippers G Chauncey Billups will start working out Saturday after being out most of the season recovering from surgery.
BEST OF MAXIM
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THROW IT DOWN
Tweet Friday night featured a matchup of Los Angeles’ NBA squads, the Lakers and the Clippers. The Clippers have become known for their high-flying dunks lately, but Friday it was Kobe Bryant who brought the house down early: Not bad for an “old” man. Chris Paul should have ducked. -ALR
Kobe Bryant may have said the Los Angeles Lakers were “old as s—,” but his 34-year-old body isn’t preventing him from making athletic plays. The Black Mamba stole a pass from Chris Paul and then dunked on the Clippers point guard to make a statement early in Friday’s game at Staples Center.
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LOS ANGELES -- Chris Paul had a double-double in the first half and finished with 30 points and 13 assists to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 107-102 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night at Staples Center. Without leading reserve Jamal Crawford, sidelined by a sore foot suffered Tuesday in their win streak-snapping loss at Denver, the Clippers turned to their two...
LOS ANGELES -- There was a time when a two-game losing streak was just a sign of things to come for the Los Angeles Clippers, a mini-slide that started a mudslide that started an avalanche. Now for the scorching Clippers, two meaningless losses are but a light drizzle. Chris Paul scored 27 points and Blake Griffin added 20 as the Los Angeles Clippers, who built a 23-point halftime...
LOS ANGELES It's not about the Lakers anymore. There might still be a rivalry a battle to stake a claim to LA but the Clippers look at themselves from a different angle, a different standard.
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Kobe Bryant steals, dunks on Chris Paul.
LA 107, Los Angeles 102
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