The Los Angeles Lakers had a prime opportunity in front of them, but a lethal dose of Lou Williams would be too much in a 120-115 loss to the LA Clippers. The Lakers’ former Sixth Man of the Year candidate decided to drop 42 points on his old team, carrying the banged-up Clippers out of STAPLES Center with the win.
Blake Griffin was his usual productive self, adding in 26 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. He was also forced to leave the game early after suffering a not-so-good looking knee injury, but even the absence of Griffin wasn’t enough to clear a path to victory for the Lakers.
It was another bad night for Lonzo Ball, who ended the game with three points on one-of-seven shooting. He missed five of his six three-point attempts, and his seven assists and five rebounds simply didn’t make up for his lack of scoring, or the three turnovers that came with his stat line.
Perhaps benching Jordan Clarkson down the stretch was the wrong move from head coach Luke Walton. He’s stuck with Clarkson in the past when he was playing well, and Jordan was 8-of-12 on the night for 17 points, with eight rebounds and five assists to boot. Instead, he was left shaking his head on the bench like many watching at home.
This was an ugly loss for the Lakers, following up their ugly loss to the Sacramento Kings. The tough December schedule ahead makes this one even more painful, letting their fourth-quarter lead slip away.
No worries, they’ll get to bounce back against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.