132-111: The Clippers break up a dejected Lakers

Los Angeles (USA), March 3 (EFE).- Seven straight defeats. That is the painful balance that they drag Los Angeles Lakers against Los Angeles Clipperswho this Thursday disintegrated their neighbors and rivals (132-111) thanks to a monstrous and humiliating third quarter (40-18).

Without soul or direction, chaining ridiculous and digging his grave every night a little more.

This is how dejected the Lakers go through a season to be forgotten and that has not improved at all after the All-Star, since they have lost the four games they have played since the break (they have seven defeats in their last eight games).

without its stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul Georgethe Clippers gave a serious, collective and very close basketball lesson against the Lakers who were already down by 30 points in the third quarter.

Reggie Jackson was the absolute hero of the Clippers.

Fired with a standing ovation, the point guard had 36 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists and was in charge of an overwhelming Clippers offensive machine (17 of 27 in triples, 54.8% in field goals, 46 rebounds for 36 of the Lakers).

Ivica Zubac (19 points and 9 rebounds) and Marcus Morris (14 points, all of them in the third quarter) rounded off the splendid night of the Clippers who have won five straight.

LeBron James, with 26 points and 8 rebounds, was once again the best of the Lakers in which Russell Westbrook He added 17 points and 8 rebounds.

With this new defeat, the course is even more complicated for the Lakers.

Now they are ninth in the West at 27-35, they have practically impossible direct access to the playoffs (the Denver Nuggets are sixth with 36-26) and only have two wins ahead to avoid being left out of the play-in (the Portland Trail Blazers they are eleventh with 25-37).


Ivica Zubac began ruling in the area and Terry Mann showed impudence in the Clippers’ attack, but the Lakers held off the initial rush thanks to two triples in a row from austin reaves (15-15 with 7.43).

The young man scored 9 points in the first quarter and the Lakers showed considerable activity on defense.

However, the Clippers took control and closed the quarter with two triples in the last minute and a run of 13-2 (36-31).

The Clippers had found a springboard on the perimeter and with two more triples than Robert Covington They gave the first serious scare to those in purple and gold (42-33 with 10.45 to go).

To the rescue came the usual, LeBron James.

The figure of the Lakers scored 18 points in the first half and supported his team with Russell Westbrook and Malik Monk as bodyguards.

The Clippers managed to win by 17 points relying on an excellent 9 of 15 triples, but in the last four minutes they fell asleep until conceding a 0-14 run with which the Lakers came into the break very alive (66-63).


The Clippers’ start in the restart was devastating.

In just six minutes, the Clippers drew an impressive 26-2 run that left the Lakers totally sunk (92-65 with 6:18 on the clock).

Those of Frank Vogel threw overboard in a seen and unseen any type of intensity in attack and defense, something that the Clippers exploited wonderfully with an avalanche of triples and fast breaks.

Marcus Morris, extraordinary with 14 points, was the spearhead of some fabulous Clippers in that third quarter (14 of 22 in shots and 5 of 7 in triples)

Faced with this scoring festival, the Lakers, very fragile throughout the season at the slightest setback, drowned in endless nonsense and reached the last quarter without options (106-81).

With only time to make up the result, the Lakers reduced the distance somewhat at the end and perhaps already began to think about their next rival, none other than Stephen Curry’s Golden State Warriors, who will face each other at home on Saturday.

David Villafranca

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