The Los Angeles Lakers returned home but apparently brought the L they got in San Antonio back with them after a 113-97 loss to the Clippers. There was never much doubt in this one, despite Chris Paul turning the ball over an uncharacteristic three times and giving the Lakers a window to take advantage of.
DeAndre Jordan sure didn’t, at least. DeAndre put together his second 20-plus board outing in a row, grabbing 21 rebounds with 24 points as the kicker. He missed just one of his 13 field goal attempts. The menu had dunks on it, and DeAndre was a glutton happily feasting on the Lakers’ lack of interior defense. Paul put his slow start behind him with a 20-point, 13-assist outing, and it was hardly a close contest after the first quarter.
Brandon Ingram started the game on the bench but found himself with the starting unit out o halftime. He had a solid afternoon game, putting in 14 points with five assists and rebounds. His passing and feel for the game continues to be a little ray of sunshine in the ever-mounting loss pile. D’Angelo Russell’s shooting struggles continued with a one-of-seven performance, though he had a handful of nice passes for five assists. Jordan Clarkson led all Lakers with 21 points off the bench.
This was more of the same of what we’ve come to expect from these Lakers in an early-Saturday loss that they looked in over their heads in. They get to try and shake some of that off Sunday against the Detroit Pistons in the second half of a back-to-back, so stay tuned!