Blake Griffin and Chris Paul each scored 23 points and the Los Angeles Clippers routed the Los Angeles Lakers, 120-97, Sunday afternoon, clinching home court advantage for the first round of the playoffs.
This game was close up until late in the second quarter when the Clippers went on a 14-2 run to seize control. They took a 57-49 lead into halftime and then proceeded to outscore the Lakers, 37-23, in the third quarter to break things open.
J.J. Redick scored 15 points in his first start in over two months, going 7-of-11 from the floor.
Jordan Hill led the Lakers with 22 points off 10-of-14 shooting. The Lakers lost both Kent Bazemore (foot) and Nick Young (knee) to injuries in this one.
The Clippers shot 56.6 percent from the field as a team, making 10 of their 19 three-point attempts.
The Lakers, on the other hand, connecting on only 41.9 percent of their field-goal tries and went only 7-of-31 from beyond the arc.
The Clippers also outrebounded the Lakers 52-38.
The Lakers have now lost four straight games.