Los Angeles Lakers loose battle of LA once again

By David Charnley


Gary A. Vasquez-US Presswire

The Los Angeles Clippers take a season 2-0 lead over the Los Angeles Lakers in the battle of Los Angeles as the Lakers season continues to disappoint.

It was the Clippers who continue to hold the bragging rights in the city which is used to having just the one powerhouse, but momentum seems to be changing in the city which is famous for story lines.

Chris Paul helped his side to a 107-102 victory scoring 30 points and dishing out 13 assists with Blake Griffin adding another 24 points.

Prior to the game the Lakers lead 143-50 and 97-30 since the Clippers moved to Los Angeles but the script was once again thrown out of the window as the Clippers continue to demonstrate why they are potential title challengers as opposed to their opponents.

Despite a late rally in the fourth quarter from the Lakers, the Clippers lead the game throughout. Whilst watching the game, it was evident to see that there is a huge shift in power and for Laker fans it certainly did not make for easy viewing.

What is made worse is the fact that four former players were playing against them: Lamar Odom, Matt Barnes, Caron Butler and Ronny Turiaf all celebrated when once they would have worn the gold and purple jerseys of the Lakeshow.

Another huge change is that the Clippers could see their coach Vinny Del Negro be named as coach of the Western side in the NBA All Star clash if they are to be the top team in the Western Conference on February 3rd when the cut-off date is. Both teams are likely to have two player in the match but it will be a first for a Clippers coach to have two players in his All-Star roster.

Kobe Bryant once again top scored with 38 points but for how much longer can he carry his team and excuse be made.

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