L.A. Clippers Rout L.A. Lakers, 125-101: Post-Game Grades, Analysis

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L.A. Clippers Rout L.A. Lakers, 125-101: Post-Game Grades, Analysis
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

With a 125-101 victory over the Lakers, the Clippers proved once again to be the kings of STAPLES Center this season.

The L.A. Lakers started the game slower than the Carnival Triumph's tow-boat, allowing Blake Griffin to outscore their entire team in the first quarter, 18 to a measly 17 points.

After a slow start, Antawn Jamison came in for the Lakers and led a mini comeback, only to be thwarted once Chris Paul and the starting crew for the Clippers returned to the court.

For the Lakers, it was a lack of effort, committing 16 turnovers and failing to keep the Clippers off the offensive boards.

Kobe Bryant led the way with 20 points, 11 assists and five rebounds, but as he walked to the bench with a few minutes left in the fourth it was clear that he was none too happy with the collective performance from the Lake Show.

Led by 67 points on 66.7 percent shooting from the floor from Chris Paul, Chauncey Billups and Blake Griffin, the Clippers seemed unstoppable at certain points throughout the night.

It's a story of two teams heading in very different directions. At least, for the Lakers, the All-Star break might give them a chance to regroup.

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