For three-and-a-half quarters, Kobe Bryant looked like his old self. But the Los Angeles Clippers got the best of Bryant and his Los Angeles Lakers late, winning 118-111 at Staples Center on Friday.
Bryant finished the game with 21 points on 6-of-15 shooting, missing three crucial jumpers down the stretch. Ed Davis and Jeremy Lin joined Bryant in double figures. Jordan Hill led the team with 23 points, showing consistent touch from the mid-range.
The Clippers battled back from a seven-point deficit behind a dominant performance from Blake Griffin and some late-game heroics from Jamal Crawford.
Griffin scored 39 points on 13-of-23 shooting. Crawford went for 22 on 5-of-11. J.J. Redick, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan also reached double figures. Paul dished out 10 assists.
Next, the Clippers get the Sacramento Kings at home Sunday. The Lakers will travel north to take on the Golden State Warriors on the road Saturday at 10:30 p.m. ET.