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FSM Recap: Lakers vs Clippers – Game 60 – 2023

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Los Angeles Lakers (32-27)  |  Los Angeles Clippers (37-20)

 

Friday night, it was the Lakers vs Clippers in Los Angeles. Behind LeBron James, the Lakers overcame a 21-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Clippers 116-112. 

 

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On Wednesday night, the Los Angeles Lakers took on the L.A. Clippers in what was their final game as the road team inside Crypto.com Arena, barring a potential playoff matchup later this year.

Both teams were missing key players, but this was a game the Lakers desperately needed to win to make up some ground in the standings. While they were down 21 at one point, the Lakers were able to fight back for a 116-112 victory.

The Lakers starters all reached double figures on the night, with LeBron James leading the way, finishing with 34 points on 13-19 overall shooting and 7-11 from range, along with six rebounds and eight assists. Anthony Davis added 20 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, two steals and three blocks. Austin Reaves had 13 points, Rui Hachimura added 17, and D’Angelo Russell chipped in 18.

 

Lakers vs Clippers First Quarter:

 

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The Clippers were without two starters, Paul George and Ivica Zubac, but they still got off to a nice 10-6 start, with the Lakers missing some easy shots.

Fueled by James Harden, the Clippers quickly opened up a double-digit lead that saw them take complete control of the game. The Lakers’ offense, which was humming before the All-Star break, remained stagnant yet again, and the Clippers’ was anything but.

After a timeout, though, Kawhi Leonard got going offensively, making a pair of buckets while also getting fouled. After Leonard beat the buzzer with a putback, the Clippers held a slim 30-29 lead at the end of the first quarter.

 

Lakers vs Clippers 2nd Quarter:

 

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Harden was doing what Harden does to begin the second half, hunting for fouls, and it was working as the Clippers extended their lead.

Defensive rebounding has been a big issue as of late for the Lakers, and that continued in their second quarter, with the Clippers earning second-chance points to push their advantage to double digits.

Meanwhile, the Lakers seemingly couldn’t do anything right as they struggled offensively, allowing Harden to get to the rim and foul line easily. The Lakers went into the halftime locker room trailing 66-52 after an abysmal second quarter.

 

Lakers vs Clippers 3rd Quarter:

 

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The Lakers showed some life to begin the third as they went on an 8-0 run behind Davis’ defense and some transition buckets by Reaves. However, the Clippers immediately responded with a 10-1 run to take their largest lead of the night to that point at 81-63.

As the Lakers continued to commit silly turnovers and struggled on the defensive glass, the Clippers continued to convert on open 3-pointers. Davis tried to do what he could to keep his team in it, but the Lakers still went into the fourth quarter trailing 96-77 after Norman Powell beat the buzzer with a triple.

 

Lakers vs Clippers 4th Quarter:

 

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The Lakers again showed some life with a run to begin the fourth quarter. James connected on back-to-back triples to get the deficit down to nine, forcing a Clippers timeout. James continued to be red-hot out of the timeout with five more points to make it a five-point game.

James wasn’t done there as after yet another triple and then some Davis free throws, the Lakers had come all the way back to tie it at 106.

As the Clippers continued to implode, the Lakers were able to take the lead on a triple and then a layup by Hachimura.

Harden ended a 12-0 Lakers run with a crafty finish, but Russell responded with a triple to continue pouring it on.

The game wasn’t over there, though, as Leonard had back-to-back buckets to cut the deficit to two in the final minute. After a James miss, the Clippers had a chance to win it down two with 9.3 to play.

Leonard missed a midrange jumper, though, with James defending him, allowing the Lakers to close out the 116-112  comeback victory.

 

The Los Angeles Lakers will travel to Phoenix to take on the Suns on Sunday, February 25th, at 12:30 pm PST at Crypto.com Arena. Thank you for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news.

 

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