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No CP3, No Kobe, No problem for Clippers dominance

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Without the two main superstars in Chris Paul and Kobe Bryant who are sidelined with injuries, Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers had no problem annihilating the Lakers 123-87 on Friday night.

Every player on the Clippers roster scored, as they avenged their opening night loss against the Lakers back on October 30th.
The 26 point blowout by the Clippers was the largest against the Lakers in franchise history.

After a seesaw battle during the first five and half minutes of the first quarter, the Clippers went a 10-0 run. They powered more momentum going on a 14-0 run behind Griffin's 18 points to finish the first quarter.

The Lakers did make a serious 12-2 run in the second quarter that trimmed the Clipper lead, but that proved only to be temporary. The Clippers decided to go on a run of their own that guided them to a 70-52 halftime lead over the Lakers.

The second half truly belonged to the Clippers on both ends of the floor. The Lakers shooting and execution was terrible as dismayed Kobe Bryant looked from the bench.
DeAndre Jordan and Pau Gasol get into a brief heated exchange that resulted in a technical on Jordan.

"I was just trying to stop him from running and getting that first couple of steps. That was it. He got upset about it, but I had no other choice," Gasol said. "I can't keep up with him running up the floor like that. I didn't even stand him up."

The only bright spot for the Lakers near the end of the fourth quarter, they went on a 6-0 run. Many Laker fans left the arena in droves with under six minutes left in the final quarter.

Kenneth Marshall finished with 16 points, Wesley Johnson finished with 14 points for the Lakers in the loss.

"I don't think there was one positive thing we could take from this game," Marshall said. "We were competitive for maybe five minutes, and we just can't have that."

Blake Griffin finished 33 points and 12 rebounds, while Darren Collison had 20 points, and J.J. Redick finished 19 points in his return.

"We got after it, especially on the defensive end," Collison said. "That helped us on the break and throughout the game. Everybody knows the Lakers are going to come back strong."

The Lakers have lost nine out of their last eleven games without Kobe Bryant. While the Clippers have gone 3-1 since Chris Paul's injury, and 17-3 at Staples Center this season.



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