Los Angeles Clippers win over Laker
Terance Mann had 19 points and 10 rebounds to help the Clippers upset the Lakers 105-102 on Friday night.
Luke Kennard scored 18 points to lead the Clippers to their sixth straight win against the Lakers in their latest NBA showdown.
The Clippers clinched the season series victory and went one game ahead of the Lakers in the loss column.
Both advantages could be crucial in the playoffs for two teams that appear destined for the play-in round.
“We just kept playing,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said. The win was significant for us since we lost our composure in the third quarter.
Carmelo Anthony missed a long go-ahead shot with 4 seconds left, and LeBron James missed a matching 3-point attempt at the buzzer.
The Lakers trailed by 16 points late in the first half before taking a small lead in the fourth quarter.
Anthony hit four 3-pointers in his first game since Feb. 3 due to a hamstring injury.
In the final 1:05, Austin Reaves made two free throws to put the Lakers up, but Marcus Morris hit a jumper under tight defence.
With 17.8 seconds left, the Clippers committed an 8-second infraction, but Anthony missed a 3-pointer from well behind the line.
The first review showed James was out of bounds on the baseline, which enraged Lakers coach Frank Vogel. Lue and the Clippers agreed with the review.
“I completely disagree with the ruling,” Vogel stated. “Wrong. That should have been our ball.”