Clippers-Lakers: Ladies and Gentlemen, the Hallway Series Is Back

Jo-Ryan SalazarSenior Analyst IJanuary 7, 2010

LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 6: Baron Davis #1, Chris Kaman #35, and Rasual Butler #45 of the Los Angeles Clippers celebrate during the game with the Los Angeles Lakers on January 6, 2010 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.  The Clippers won 102-91.   NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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It took 10 games. Count 'em, 10 games.

But make no mistake about it.

After more than two seasons of one-sided dominance, the Hallway Series—the rivalry between the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers—is back.

Can you believe it?

With the Clippers faithful mocking their well-known Jack In The Box tacos promotion, the fires that fuel this battle of Los Angeles were stoked. Mike Dunleavy's Clippers pulled off a 102-91 victory over Phil Jackson's Lakers Wednesday evening at the Staples Center.

This is a victory that will be remembered by fans who don the red and blue of a club that has been regarded for so long as the have-nots of professional basketball in the City of Angels. The victory snaps a nine-game winning streak by the Lakers over the Clippers. Their last win was a 118-110 victory on Apr. 12, 2007.

Not very often do you see the Clippers out-shoot the Lakers. Wednesday night, Baron Davis and company did just that, out-performing Kobe Bryant and the purple and gold crew, 46 percent to 38.4 percent.

Davis had 25 points to lead all scorers for the Clippers, while Bryant led all scorers with 33 points. "I think right now we're in a good place," Davis said after the match. "I know my teammates feed off me, and they feed off me talking to them all game...just trying to keep my energy at a high level."

Regardless of the outcome, it's still a one-sided rivalry when you compare the titles both teams have garnered.

The Lakers have won 16 titles, 15 with the NBA and one with the old NBL. The Clippers: none.

The Lakers have won 30 NBA conference titles. The Clippers: none.

The Lakers have won 31 division titles, 30 with the NBA and one with the NBL. The Clippers: none.

But could the tide be turning against the Lake Show? Could the Clippers—whose dance team I am a fan of—pull off a streak of their own? Is Donald Sterling, of all people, everything he's cracked up to be?

After seeing the Los Angeles Clippers flip the script on Wednesday with their best breakthrough performance since Davis' miracle shot on Dec. 27 against the Boston Celtics, you begin to wonder. In terms of competitiveness, this is definitely a step in the right direction.

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