Los Angeles, April 8 (IANS) The Clippers made their first season series sweep of the Lakers since the team moved to Los Angeles in 1984 with a 109-95 victory at the Staples Center.
With the win Sunday, the Clippers clinched their first Pacific Division title in franchise history against a team that has long overshadowed them, Xinhua reported.
In order to get the Lakers a playoff ticket, Kobe Bryant tried so hard to survive in this fight. He played 47 minutes 20 seconds and finished with 25 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds, but could not avoid Lakers’ disappointing loss.
After this game, the Lakers (40-37) fell off to ninth place on Western Conference standings.
The Clippers dominated the boards, 50-36, including a 16-10 advantage on the offensive glass which gave them a lot of second chances. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin had 24 points apiece, Paul also contributed 12 assists while Griffin added 12 rebounds. Jamal Crawford scored 20 points.
The Lakers’ Dwight Howard led donated 25 points as Kobe, but only four rebounds. Paul Gasol ended up with 13 rebounds, 12 points and eight assists.