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The Los Angeles Lakers had no answers for the Clippers’ Blake Griffin who scored 39 points on Friday night. Jamal Crawford added 22 points off the bench, helping the Clippers edge the Lakers 118-111 in a surprisingly close game throughout.
The game was still within reach for the Lakers with 26 seconds to play in regulation, down 112-111, but Kobe Bryant misses a 26 footer that Blake Griffin rebounds. Griffin is immediately sent to the line but makes just 1 of 2 free throws opening the door for the Lakers to tie with a 3; however, in the next possession, Bryant again misses, this time a 3 point shot that would have evened up the game. Bryant ended with 21 points but was just 1 for 8 in the decisive 4th quarter.
Here is a great shot of one of Kobe’s impressive moves on the night from Instagram account @brag24
Chris Paul ended with 12 points and 10 assists, but his biggest contribution on the night was defending Bryant in the 4th quarter.
“I just tried to make it as tough as possible on him,” Paul said. “If you can’t get excited about trying to defend against him, then you’re in the wrong business.”
An area of improvement for the Lakers was the 3-point shot where the Lakers attempted 20 shots and connected on 7. The Lakers had attempted 23 3-point attempts combined in the previous 2 games. The Lakers still had an issue with defending the 3-point line as the Clippers went 12 for 33 from 3 on Friday.
Jordan Hill had his best game of the season, scoring 23 points on 10 for 15 from the field. Jeremy Lin ended with 17 points and 9 assists.
The Lakers get right back into action on Saturday as they’ll play the Golden State Warriors in Oakland.
The Clippers will play the Sacramento Kings on Sunday at Staples Center.
Fan Photos from the Game