L.A. Lakers vs. L.A. Clippers: Postgame Grades and Analysis

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L.A. Lakers vs. L.A. Clippers: Postgame Grades and Analysis
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The Clippers solidified their claim to Los Angeles by knocking off the Lakers 107-102.

The game showcased the Clips' superior athleticism, defense and depth as the Lakers struggled to keep pace with their highly-motivated counterparts. 

Paul led his troops with a fantastic performance, finishing with 30 points, 13 assists and six rebounds.

Kobe Bryant had 38 of his own, but it wasn't enough to overcome the no-shows of Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace, who combined to shoot just 2-for-12.

If there was one sequence that embodied the game, it was the lob play that ended the third quarter. Chris Paul split a lazy Laker double-team and floated a pass over a trio of interior defenders to a soaring DeAndre Jordan.

Smash.

On the ensuing defensive possession, the ball-hawking Eric Bledsoe and the Clips defense forced a shot-clock violation.

For the Clippers, the game was an affirmation of their primacy in L.A. and the Western Conference. The Lakers, on the other hand, suffered yet another rough loss in a season where the disappointments continue to pile up.

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