The Los Angeles Lakers caught the Clippers on the second night of a back-to-back, but got blown to smithereens in a 133-109 blowout. They went into halftime down 70-40, and it as such a poor defensive effort head coach Luke Walton sent the entire starting lineup to the bench to start the third quarter.
These postgame quotes are going to be fascinating. The game that played out? Not so much.
Jordan Clarkson had a terrible game, putting up a -33 while on the court ... in the first half alone. He ended the night making just one of his nine field goal attempts. Ingram had a solid game, scoring team-high 21 points points and showing what’s become the kind of glimmers he gives us a few times a game.
It was a disaster on defense in the first half, though, with Chris Paul going 7-of-11 through the first two quarters for 17 points. DeAndre Jordan entered halftime with a double-double (10 PTS, 10 REB), and it was clear the Lakers were down and out going into halftime.
Paul’s buzzer-beater sealed the deal, and there was still an entire game to be played. He finished with a game-high 27 points, with the Clippers so far ahead his son was casually hanging out with his pops on the bench.
This one was painful, but there are only 11 more games with these Lakers. Savor the salvageable bits, like Ingram’s play as of late, while you can.