Thunder-Lakers Preview (The Associated Press)
8 Mar 2014 at 10:56am
Given the way the Oklahoma City Thunder have been scoring lately, putting up another big point total should be no trouble against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Thunder take the league's hottest offensive attack into Los Angeles on Sunday to face a Lakers team which has been pathetic defensively as the Western Conference's first- and last-place teams square off. Since Feb. 28, Oklahoma City (46-16) has been the top-scoring team in the NBA, averaging 119.0 points in four games on 51.4 percent shooting. Kevin Durant has led the way, putting up 35.3 points per game to boost his league-high scoring average to 31.8.
Faried, Lawson lead Nuggets past Lakers 134-126 (The Associated Press)
7 Mar 2014 at 9:51pm
Reflecting on his game during a monthlong recovery from a broken left rib has helped Ty Lawson come back strong. Kenneth Faried scored a career-high 32 points, Lawson had 30 in his third game back from the injury and the Denver Nuggets beat the skidding Los Angeles Lakers 134-126 on Friday night. ''When you sit out, you watch a lot of tape from a lot of games and I could see things opening up or things I wasn't taking,'' said Lawson, averaging 27 points and 11.6 assists since his return. Timofey Mozgov and Evan Fournier added 13 points apiece for the Nuggets, who swept the three-game season series.
Clippers blow out Lakers again 142-94 (The Associated Press)
7 Mar 2014 at 6:20am
The Lakers were the designated home team this time. That meant the Clippers had to put up with looking at all those championship banners and retired numbers that their co-tenant at the Staples Center has had hanging on the wall since the arena opened 15 seasons ago - and weren't able to cover them up with banners of their own players. Perhaps seeing all those reminders of the Lakers' decades of success will be an inspiration to the Clippers about 6 1/2 weeks from now, when they head into the playoffs without their intracity rivals - who are in danger of finishing with their worst record since moving to L.A. from Minneapolis in 1959. Blake Griffin had 20 points and 11 rebounds during three thunderous quarters by the Clippers, who routed the Lakers 142-94 Thursday night to extend their winning streak to a season-best six games.
Darren Collison, Blake Griffin spark Clippers by Lakers (Automated Insights)
7 Mar 2014 at 12:20am
In a complete performance, Blake Griffin scored 20 points and recorded 11 rebounds and 7 assists to help the Los Angeles Clippers dominate the Los Angeles Lakers, 142-94. The Clippers had a strong shooting performance, finishing 57-103 (55.3%) from the field, including 12-26 (46.2%) from beyond the arc. The Clippers (43-20) is now on a six-game winning streak, dating back to a 125-117 win against Oklahoma City Thunder on February 23rd. Other key players for the Clippers included Matt Barnes with 17 points and 12 rebounds, DeAndre Jordan with 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Chris Paul with 13 points and 11 assists.
Lakers-Nuggets Preview (The Associated Press)
7 Mar 2014 at 12:15am
Infamous milestones continue to pile up in a horrid season for the Los Angeles Lakers, and another loss Friday would add their first losing season in nine years to the list. The Denver Nuggets have also struggled lately, but could be primed to take advantage of the visiting Lakers' woeful defense on Friday night. Los Angeles (21-41) won't finish with the worst record in franchise history, with that distinction belonging to the 1957-58 Minneapolis Lakers that finished 19-53. However, they'll have to play .500 or better the final 20 games to avoid matching the worst season since moving to Los Angeles.
The Clippers hand the Lakers the worst loss in franchise history: A profile i...
6 Mar 2014 at 11:11pm
Your browser does not support iframes. The Los Angeles Lakers held a seven-point advantage over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night, leading 20-13 after a Jodie Meeks jumpshot with 5:30 remaining in the first quarter. From there, though, Doc Rivers' club went on a little run. Well, I guess you could call it kind of a big run. OK, they outscored the Lakers 129-74 for the rest of the game. And it kind of didn't feel that close. The Clippers destroyed the Lakers on Thursday by a score of 142-94 . This wasn't just worse than the 39-point spanking the Clips laid on the Lakers back in January, and it wasn't just worse than the beating the Clips handed the Philadelphia 76ers last month . This was a 48-point annihilation that stands alone as the largest margin of victory in the history of the Clippers franchise , going all the way back to the Buffalo Braves days. Moreover, though, this was the largest margin of defeat in the history of the Lakers franchise, even worse than the 46-point hammering that the 1994-95 Lakers suffered at the hands of the Portland Trail Blazers. And it came from Former Little Brother, on the Staples Center court, on national television. This is about as bad as it has ever gotten for the purple and gold. Here is an representative survey of the sadness. LAL trail 73-40 at the half after a disaster of a 2nd Q for the Lakers, in which they were outscored 44-13 and hit only 5 of 20 shots. ? Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) March 7, 2014 And immediately after halftime ... Mitch Kupchak. Is Not Happy. pic.twitter.com/kifTQnO5xu ? jose3030 (@jose3030) March 7, 2014 The Mike D'Antoni Struggle (3rd Quarter Edition) pic.twitter.com/7n4ayCkLrV ? jose3030 (@jose3030) March 7, 2014 The Mike D'Antoni Struggle v.2 pic.twitter.com/DvTm28hMfW ? jose3030 (@jose3030) March 7, 2014 The LA Lakers Struggle v.1 pic.twitter.com/xedcR7uNPa ? jose3030 (@jose3030) March 7, 2014 The caption: "The game is such a blowout [that] a Clipper fan took Jack Nicholson's seat." I had to do it? #Clippers #Lakers pic.twitter.com/IvkMvWumgf ? Steve Noah (@Steve_OS) March 7, 2014 Imagine how bad the score would be if the Clippers didn't have 10 turnovers in the 1st quarter ? J.A. Adande (@jadande) March 7, 2014 The lead just got to 50 for the first time, and the Clippers starters are off the bench cheering. 31 seconds left. ? Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) March 7, 2014 And the dagger: I have been a #Lakers fan for over 35 years and had season tickets for almost a decade. For now, this franchise is lost without Dr Buss. ? Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) March 7, 2014 Losing Rob Lowe is unequivocally rock bottom. ? Matt Bilinsky (@mattbilinsky) March 7, 2014 Darren Collison led eight Clippers in double figures with 24 points on 9 for 16 shooting). Four Clippers posted double-doubles ? Blake Griffin (20 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists in 26 minutes), Chris Paul (13 points, 11 assists, four rebounds, four steals in 26 minutes), DeAndre Jordan (14 points, 12 rebounds, three assists in 22 minutes) and Matt Barnes (17 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals in 30 minutes). All 11 Clippers who played scored, as the team shot 55.3 percent from the floor, 12 for 26 from 3-point land, and outrebounded the Lakers 64-33 en route to their sixth straight win, which improved them to 43-20 on the season. Pau Gasol had 21 points and seven rebounds for the Lakers. The Non-Pau Lakers shot a combined 36.6 percent from the floor. Mike D'Antoni's squad coughed the ball up 22 times, leading to 26 Clipper points, got outscored 80-33 in the second and third quarters combined, and trailed by at least 40 points for the final 19 minutes and 53 seconds of this game. D'Antoni: "They smelled blood in the water and they killed us." ? Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) March 7, 2014 After the game, injured Lakers star Kobe Bryant tried to put a positive spin on things via Twitter: Misery = Motivation #thanku #urwelcome ? Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) March 7, 2014 That's a hell of a lot of motivation, then. - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.
Clippers-Lakers Preview (The Associated Press)
5 Mar 2014 at 2:15pm
A five-game winning streak is nothing new for the Los Angeles Clippers, who have now rolled off three of them this season. It's that sixth straight victory that has managed to elude them. The Clippers will try to set a new season best for consecutive victories Thursday night when they suit up as the visitor against the city-rival Lakers at Staples Center. Since the five-game streak began Feb. 23, the Clippers (42-20) have been rolling with an average of 112.2 points.
Gordon and Davis combine for 56, Pelicans beat Lakers (Automated Insights)
5 Mar 2014 at 3:21am
Eric Gordon and Anthony Davis both finished with 28 points to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, 132-125. The Pelicans had an impressive game shooting the ball, finishing 46-77 (59.7%) from the field and 33-40 (82.5%) at the free throw line. This is only the second win for New Orleans (24-37) in its last 10 games.
Pelicans beat Lakers 132-125 to end 8-game skid (The Associated Press)
4 Mar 2014 at 11:28pm
In one year, Anthony Davis has gone from Hornet to Pelican - and become one of the NBA's top young stars after getting selected with the first overall pick in the 2012 draft. Davis had 28 points and 15 rebounds a week shy of his 21st birthday, and the New Orleans Pelicans snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 132-125 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night. The win ended a string of nine straight road losses to the Lakers and was only the third for New Orleans in the last 18 meetings overall - including a 96-85 victory Nov. 8 in which Davis had a career-high 32 points. I know I didn't play the best in the last two games, so I had to be aggressive.'' The first-time All-Star made seven of his first eight shots, one night after missing his first 10 in a 96-89 loss at Sacramento while playing with a sore left shoulder.
Pelicans-Lakers Preview (The Associated Press)
3 Mar 2014 at 11:48pm
The Los Angeles Lakers are returning home with a chance to match their longest win streak of the season. A matchup with the reeling New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night would appear to give them a good chance to secure a third consecutive victory. The Lakers (21-39) haven't had the usual number of highlights this season but a 107-106 win in Portland on Monday was one of them. Wesley Johnson's basket off an alley-oop inbounds pass from Kent Bazemore with 6.9 seconds remaining put Los Angeles ahead after it blew an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter.
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