Clippers hand Lakers worst loss in franchise history, 142-94
This season just keeps getting worse for LA (and better for the other LA?). The one time laughingstock of the city/red-headed step child Clippers have now knocked off the Lakers six times in their last seven meetings. The 48-point margin of victory last night was the most lopsided loss in the storied history of the Lakers, outdoing a 46-point drubbing in Portland in 1995. It was also the biggest win in Clipper history, topping their 45-point rout of the 76ers a month ago.
The Clippers outscored the Lakers 44-13 in the 2nd period, then 36-20 in the third (80-33 combined). After three quarters the score was 109-60. Eight Clippers scored in double figures, and they out-rebounded the Lakers 64-33. Kendall Marshall hit a three-pointer with just 15 seconds left to bring the deficit below 50, and the Clippers neglected to shoot as the final buzzer sounded.
The last time these two teams played the Clippers won 123-87, making the combined score a ridiculous 265-181 over the past two meetings. As enjoyable as it is for Celtics fans to watch the Lakers suck so much (they're on pace to finish with their worst record since moving to LA in 1959), the loss moves them within half a game of the Celtics (20-41) for the 4th spot in the lottery at 21-41.