Lakers vs. Clippers: Best Moments from This Year's Battle of L.A.

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Lakers vs. Clippers: Best Moments from This Year's Battle of L.A.
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Walk into the Staples Center and you wouldn't even guess that two NBA teams played there. 

All you see are gold Los Angeles Lakers championship banners hanging from the wall behind Section 308. 

There are even banners for the Los Angeles Kings and the Los Angeles Sparks.

Hell, there used to even be one for the Arena Football League's Los Angeles Avengers.

But none for the Los Angeles Clippers.

They've been irrelevant in NBA history throughout much of their existence—up until this year when they acquired Chris Paul, thus igniting a rivalry with the team they share an arena with.

The Clippers have gained respectability around the league and this year, they look to make their first playoff appearance since the 2006 season.

The Lakers and Clippers are separated by just a game-and-a-half heading into Wednesday's matchup. What was once an easy "W" on the Lakers' calendar is now a legitimate rivalry. 

Wednesday's the rubber match.

Let's quickly take a look at what has transpired this season between the two teams to give us a better understanding of what's at stake on Wednesday night at Staples Center. 

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