The Los Angeles Lakers once again found themselves getting run out of the building by the Clippers in a 115-104 loss. Things started off as poorly as possible with the Lakers giving up a 17-0 run to open the game, and while a spirited effort from the bench closed the gap, it wasn’t nearly enough to hold the Clippers off.
David Nwaba set a new career-high, scoring 19 points off the bench and continuing an impressive stretch to end the season. He's become the latest interesting prospect to make some waves for himself at the end of the season.
The Lakers simply had no answer for Blake Griffin, who overmatched every defender the Lakers threw at him as he scored a game-high 36 points. Thomas Robinson was the Lakers' most energetic frontcourt player, but even he stood no chance against a locked-in Griffin.
D’Angelo Russell didn’t score until there was just 1:53 left in the fourth quarter. He finished the night shooting one-of-nine, missing six three-point attempts. Jordan Clarkson didn’t perform much better, scoring seven points on 3-of-12 shooting. The Lakers’ starting backcourt combining for nine points was definitely one of the issues that stood out.
Scoring wasn’t a problem for Chris Paul, who dropped 29 points on the Lakers while sinking all 10 of his free-throw attempts. He and Griffin combined for 65 points, which was more than the Lakers’ starters (49) combined. J.J. Redick scored 19, going four-of-six from deep, while Griffin made four of his seven three-pointers.
Brandon Ingram looked good in his first game back, aggressive with the ball in his hand and finishing with 18 points, leading the Lakers’ starters despite playing on a minutes restriction. He showed a little bit of everything, scoring inside while his mid-range game looked great.
The Lakers have a quick turnaround, facing off against the Memphis Grizzlies Sunday for another early 12:30 p.m. PT tip off.