The Los Angeles Clippers swept the season series with the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2012-13 season, but the Purple and Gold made sure that history wouldn't repeat itself with a 116-103 victory on Tuesday night.
Although the Lakers entered halftime facing a two-point deficit, their offense kept pace with the Clippers' revamped starting five as their bench assumed control of the game with a stunning fourth-quarter display.
Outscoring the Clippers 41-24 in the game's final stanza, the Lakers showed that they may be able to sustain offensive success in the absence of Kobe Bryant thanks to unsung names like Jordan Farmar and Jordan Hill.
The biggest surprise of all, though, was free-agent signee Xavier Henry, who scored a career-high 22 points in his Staples Center debut on 8-of-13 shooting (3-of-4 from three).
On the night, the Lakers shot 45.2 percent from the floor and 48.3 percent from three in what can only be described as a surprising outcome.
The Lakers are now 5-0 in season openers without Kobe Bryant.