It was supposed to be a changing of the guard in Los Angeles professional basketball.
But the song remained the same as the Lakers - without injured star Kobe Bryant and with small expectations - spoiled first-year Clippers head coach Doc Rivers' debut - and high expectations, 116-103 Tuesday night at Staples Center in a Lakers home game.
The Lakers second unit of Jordan Farmar, Xavier Henry, Jodie Meeks, Wesley Johnson and Jordan played the entire 4th quarter erasing a four-point Clipper lead for the double-digit win. The Laker reserves tallied 76 of the teams total points.
The Lakers shot 46% from the field, 48% from the three-point line. But that 4th quarter saw the Laker reserves scorch the Clippers with a 65% clip from the field.
Asked if he felt ambushed by the Laker reserves, Rivers said, "I felt ambushed the entire game." He continued, "We just didn't play well."
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The Clippers will host the Golden State Warriors Thursday night at Staples Center.