The long anticipated wait for an LA showdown has finally come to an end. The Los Angeles Lakers took on the Los Angeles Clippers in an electrifying matchup on the first day of the return of the NBA in Orlando. The Lakers vs Clippers game took place shortly after the Jazz vs Pelicans game and exceeded expectations as usual. The Lakers edged the Clippers and won the game by two points with a final score of 103-101. LeBron James and Anthony Davis were crucial in the win against Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and the Clippers. LeBron James played a great defensive game and was able to lock down Leonard and George in the crucial last play of the game, which could have seen the Clippers send the game to OT or potentially win it. James also posted 16 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists as well as hit the game winning shot. Anthony Davis played an incredible game, scoring 34 points while shooting 8/19 from the field and 16/17 from the free throw line. Kyle Kuzma and Dion Waiters also contributed heavily to the state line, posting 16 points and 11 points respectively.
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George played a great game as well; however, it was not enough to defeat the Lakers. Leonard posted 28 points and was crucial in the 2nd and 3rd quarters of the game. Paul George posted 30 points and played a great defensive game. Patrick Beverley and Reggie Jackson were also key to the Clippers’ defensive game, and were key rotation players as well.
The Los Angeles Clippers were missing two very important rotational players that usually come off the bench, Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell. Lou Williams was given a 10 day suspension from participating in NBA games due to the violation of rules set by the NBA for the NBA bubble. Montrezl Harrell had to leave the NBA bubble to attend to personal family matters. On the other hand, the Lakers were missing two guards, namely Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley, who are crucial to the lineup.
Both teams are hoping to maintain a full roster through remaining games in hopes of making it out of the Western Conference and into the NBA Finals.