The LA rivalry took centre stage in the NBA last night, as the Clippers pushed to three straight wins against the Lakers - beating their city rivals 120-92 at the Staples Centre.
The first quarter ended 25-22 to the Clippers and it was a close one - both Chris Paul and JJ Redick scored seven points for the Clippers, while Lakers centre Jordan Hill put eight on the board, hitting four of his six attempted field goals as well as catching some air to sink a nice two pointer.
In the second, Blake Griffin stepped up another gear, putting 12 more points on the board for Doc Rivers' men having played eight minutes and hitting five out five of his field goal attempts including a nice steal to run the length of the court to sink a two pointer.
Nick Young, meanwhile, played the full 12 minutes and recorded nine - the most points scored by a Lakers player in the first half.
Going into half-time the Clippers had an eight point lead at 57-49 as they looked to win three on the spin against the Lakers.
In the previous three meetings between these two rivals, the Clippers had won two and lost one.
The first encounter between the two teams saw the Lakers win 116-103, followed by two comfortable wins for Doc Rivers and co including a massive 142-94 win at the Staples Centre, with Blake Griffin and Darren Collison both scoring over 20 points.
The third quarter saw a response from Mike D'Antoni's team, but as with the first two quarters, the Clippers were remained on top - outscoring their opponents 37-23.
Jodie Meeks scored 12 for the Lakers but Griffin, Paul and DeAndre Jordan shared the points with Paul scoring 10 along with assisting on three.
A highlight of the third quarter, for the Clippers at least, saw Jordan and Jordan come into contact.
Griffin chancing a free-throw, which hit the rim, and on the rebound DeAndre Jordan took advantage and dunked over opposition centre Jordan Hill, much to the delight of the Clippers' fans, and the 25-year-old.
Previous to this clash both sides have been on contrasting runs of form.
The Clippers had won four on the bounce before losing to Dallas Mavericks at home, while the Lakers hadn't won a game yet in April, and this long winless run carried on as the fourth quarter came to a close.
Rivers clearly felt confident in his side's ability to see out the result, the head coach resting four out of his five starters for the quarter, as Hedo Turkoglu came into the frame and scored ten points for the Pacific Division champions.
The Lakers are in a bad spell of form and having already failed to make the play-offs, they'll want to make sure they don't fall to the bottom of the Western Conference considering they already sit at the foot of the Pacific Division.
"Our whole message is to worry about ourselves. We know who we are. We just want to sharpen the things we do."
The 25-year-old forward has played 77 times this season and has recorded, on average, 24 points a game - a personal best for the Oklahoma born star since joining the club in 2010.
But Rivers' will want his side to continue to build momentum with games against Sacramento and Denver on the horizon, as well as a tough encounter against second in the Western Conference Oklahoma City on Wednesday night.
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