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Lakers 113, Clippers 108: Little Brother Still Eats Last

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April 4, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum (17) controls the ball against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
April 4, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum (17) controls the ball against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

The Lakers are headed for another Pacific Division title. (I think it's their 900th.) With their 113 to 108 victory over the Clippers tonight at Staples Center, the purple and gold moved 2½ games ahead of their cotenants with 11 to play. They also own the head-to-head season tiebreaker. At this point we can pretty much ink them into the three seed in the Western Conference playoff bracket.

Tonight we saw one hell of a game. The first three quarters were a near-constant flow of points, and the fourth was a nerve-shredding, back-and-forth grind. There were dunks that brought you up out your seat, a dangerous foul that (along with his customary taunting and bitching to the refs) confirmed our low opinion of Blake Griffin, and sustained magnificence from Andrew Bynum (36 points, 8 rebounds, 4 blocks, zero turnovers) and Kobe Bryant (31 points, 6 assists, 5 boards and, naturally, a dagger jumpshot with less than 30 seconds left to help lock down the win).

More commentary coming later tonight. This is your postgame thread. (A hearty H/T to bluexfalcon for the title of this post.)

Poss.

TO%

FTA/
FGA

FT%

3FGA/FGA

2PT%

3PT%

EFG

TS%

OReb Rate

DReb Rate

PPP

Lakers

93

11

0.36

70

0.19

55

38

55

59

29

62

1.22

Clips

94

9

0.21

65

0.26

49

36

50

52

38

71

1.15

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