Coming into this NBA season, the Los Angeles Clippers looked as if they could finally lose the mediocrity label they have had for so long, but after 5 straight losses to start the season (two against the Lakers) they aren't looking as promising.
When you look at the Clippers core they are as talented as any team in the league lead by point guard Baron Davis, problem is, they really haven't had much time to create some team chemistry together as the majority of the team are in their first year with the Clippers.
The Lakers on the other hand are just destroying teams, beating every opponent by an average of 28 points. At 4-0, Kobe and company are looking better than ever and are quickly becoming the team to beat, not only in the West conference, but in the entire NBA as well.
Even though the Clippers have been really struggling in the beginning of their 2008-2009 NBA campaign, they definitely gave their crosstown rivals (even though they play in the same building) a run for the their money on Wednesday night at the Staples Center.
Through three quarters of play, the Clippers were keeping up with the undefeated Lakers and took the lead 81-79 with a little over 8 minutes to go in the fourth quarter. That lead didn't last long though, as the Lakers went on a run with Kobe, Lamar Odom and Jordan Farmar combining for 16 points to break the backs of a Clipper team trying to get it's first win of the season.
Al Thorton finally stopped the Lakers run with a three pointer with about a minute left in the game, but it wasn't enough to take down Kobe and the Lakers in their second meeting of the season losing their fifth game in a row 106-88.
The stats that stick out the most in this game was the absolutely terrible shooting percentages of both teams. The Clippers shot 38.9% and the Lakers shot a little bit worse with 38.8% from the floor.
Once again, the only real bright spot for the Clippers was Al Thorton who scored a team high 22 points, but did shoot well at all going 8 of 19. Baron Davis also had a awful shooting night going 7 for 21, but he still put up 17 points and dished out 7 assists in a losing effort.
Kobe Bryant had a good night, despite shooting 8 for 21, scoring a game high 27 points. Andrew Bynum also had a pretty impressive night in the rebound categorie as the big kid in the middle ripped down 17 boards. Lamar Odom continued to excel in his new role coming off the bench as he scored 15 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and stole the ball 3 times.
So despite being in danger of losing their first game of the season to the win less Clippers, the Lakers came together in the fourth quarter yet again to keep their undefeated record intact!
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