LeBron James watched from the sidelines as his Los Angles Lakers got whipped by a Clippers side that unleashed a massive 22-0 run in the second half. We all have. We knew it would be a tremendously important game, no matter the circumstances.
Danilo Gallinari added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers, who held the Lakers without a field goal for more than six minutes while matching the longest unanswered scoring run by any team in the National Basketball Association this season. "We knew they were on a back-to-back, but for whatever reason, we just weren't playing our best until we put a good stretch together in the third and then busted the game wide open in the fourth".
"It was just fun", said Williams, whose Clippers have won 22 of the past 25 meetings with the Lakers.
"I love it", Harrell said of hearing the boos (via ESPN). "And we've been down bodies all year, different lineups", he said.
James suffered a strained groin during the Lakers' impressive 127-101 road win over the Golden State Warriors in the NBA's Christmas Day showcase game.
Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant might have inherited the nickname "Vino" in the latter stages of his career, but it is the franchise's new superstar LeBron James who is a true wine aficionado.
"Lou has seen pretty much every defense you can throw at him", Rivers said.
The Lakers also played minus veteran guard Rajon Rondo, who's out for a month after undergoing surgery on his right hand, and center Javale McGee, who missed the last 6 games due to pneumonia. I know it's not going to be easy, but I believe in the guys that we have. We got to regroup.
The Lakers lost their first game without Rondo and James on Thursday night, falling 117-116 to the Kings.
Ball left last night's game with a cramp in his left calf but is still expected to play tonight against the Clippers.