A 107-94 victory for Los Angeles on Saturday made the sweep a reality. The Clippers haven’t done this since 1978-79, when they were located in San Diego.
For recent Clippers success, give some credit to Los Angeles backup forward Lamar Odom, who probably would like to see the Jazz more often. He netted 18 points Saturday night in a 107-94 victory at Staples Center, which was his best game since he hit 19 against Utah last season.
Odom gives more depth to a very talented Los Angeles team. In 23 minutes of action against Utah, he was 8-of-15 from the floor, and had six rebounds.
Odom has 13 years of NBA, experience but hasn’t see too much action lately. He’s averaging 3.9 points, 58 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game while also averaging 20.3 minutes. Those are well below his carer averages of 13.5 points, 8.4 boards and 3.8 assists per game. He’s obviously in the twilight of his career, but showed against the Jazz that he has plenty of talent still to give. The last time he scored in double figures was 10 points on Dec. 15.
But, the Clippers like using Odom for rebounding purposes. He’s had several games with double-digit rebounds, showing he still likes going after the ball.
The Clippers are flying high for a 40-18 record and have been showing how effective a team can be when players the quality of Lamar Odom comes off the bench. The talent that Odom provides makes Los Angeles even a more dangerous team.