Blake Griffin dunks on the Lakers.

Clippers demolish the Lakers 114-89

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While the Los Angeles Lakers still own the rights to the hearts of most fans of Los Angeles, the Clippers own the rights to the title of best in the city and if you use Wednesday night’s 114-89 blow out as an indicator, they own by a wide margin.¬†

The 26 point margin of victory, as large as it may be, doesn’t even tell the story of domination by the Clippers over the Lakers who never led in the game and were down by as many as 43 points in the game.

With the Clippers already securing the game by halftime, leading 70 to 48, the entire 2nd half was garbage time which skewed the numbers to give the appearance of a much more competitive game which Wednesday night’s game definitely was not.

In that first half, the Clippers were steamrolling the Lakers on offense, shooting 57.8 percent from the field and 47 percent from 3.

Chris Paul scored 17 of his 24 points in the first half. Paul also finished with a game high 11 assists.

Blake Griffin scored 16 points and had 8 assists in the first half. Griffin just missed finishing with a triple-double, finishing with a line of 27 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Griffin also had a windmill dunk in the 2nd half that got the crowd going.

It was all fun and games on Wednesday for the Clippers. The same could not be said for the Lakers, especially after the game.

Bryant was accurate in his statement that the Clippers are “better” and they’ve been so for some time now. With the loss on Wednesday the Lakers have lost 9 of their last 10 match-ups versus the Clippers including losing 4 of their last 6 by 23 points or more.

On the few positives for the Lakers coming out of Wednesday night’s embarrassment, they were able to get playing time to two rookies in Jordan Clarkson and Tarik Black. Clarkson played 20 minutes and led the team in scoring with 14 points on 6 for 10 from the field. Black made his Lakers debut and played 12 minutes in which he scored 5 points and grabbed 3 rebounds.

The Lakers drop to 11-25 which places them as the 5th worst team in the NBA going by winning percentage. The Lakers host the Orlando Magic on Friday in their next game.

The Clippers improve to 24-12 with the win which ranks them 6th in the Western Conference. The Clippers will have a few days off to enjoy their victory, not playing until Saturday where they will host the Dallas Mavericks.

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