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Record against the Clippers last season: 2-1
Breakdown: Last season there was an unprecedented amount of hype for the previously one-sided Lakers vs. Clippers matchup. The Battle of Los Angeles has taken on new meaning since the Clippers traded for Chris Paul in the aftermath of David Stern's infamous veto.
All three of the Clippers-Lakers games last season were physical and chippy. The three games had a whopping 12 technical fouls called on both players and coaches.
The scoring was also close. In the three games, the Lakers outscored the Clippers by a mere two points, an aggregate score of 303 to 301.
The Lakers' summer acquisitions of Steve Nash and Dwight Howard could change the landscape of this budding rivalry in 2012-13.
Nevertheless, over the last few years it has become evident that this series has taken on new energy.
The closest these teams came to facing off in the playoffs was in 2006 when the Lakers blew a 3-1 first round series lead to the Phoenix Suns.
Unless both teams make the Western Conference Finals this season, an all-LA playoff series could be just a pipe dream.