The Los Angeles Lakers were absolutely throttled by the Clippers in a 103-81 loss. The Clippers nearly took a 20-point lead in the first quarter, then slammed on the gas through the second half. The Lakers scored just 16 points in the third, letting the Clippers double them as they built up a comfortable lead.
And both teams do it all over again Wednesday night.
Chris Paul took whatever he wanted, going 10-of-14 from the field for a game-high 25 points along with eight assists. You know something's got awry for the Lakers when Metta World Peace is the leading scorer for the team with 17 points, though it's well deserved if only because of the throwback steal-and-dunk sequence he provided early in the game. Kobe Bryant's follow-up to a 34-point performance against the Boston Celtics was a clunk-laden 2-of-12 for six points.
On the note of things not going to plan, Jordan Clarkson left the game early to undergo X-rays on his right foot after it was stepped on. Results of whatever happened should be in overnight, with a full update before the rematch on Wednesday. Julius Randle didn't make any of his six attempts, while a solid early game from D'Angelo Russell all but dissipated by the end.
The high of Kobe popping against the Celtics was met with the low of the Lakers getting absolutely waxed by the Clippers. Once more again in less than 24 hours.