LA’s Dramatic Duo: Optimism Peaks After a Wild Wednesday For Lakers and Clippers

January 13th, 2011 by Jason Heim Leave a reply »
The Clippers and Lakers simultaneously took the court Wednesday night, and their matchups could not have been any more diametric.

The 28-11 Lakers donned their purple roadies for a barnburner in Oakland against the mediocre Warriors, while the developing Clips had a daunting undertaking: the 30-9 Heat. Conventional wisdom would have the Lakers beating up on the Warriors in high-scoring fashion and the Clippers melting into a puddle of fear on the STAPLES Center court against "The Heatles."

There was nothing conventional about this night.

The Clippers showed no fear, scorching the nets for 44 points in the first quarter on 77 percent shooting.  The 18 point lead they collected at that point would mark the high point of the game for L.A., as the Heat, like clockwork, made their methodical comeback.  (To see them climb out of a few big holes lately has been fascinating to watch.  Even when they're down by 18, you never count them out because of the talent they have.)

Still, the 68 first-half points against the East's best record symbolize that this immature and undisciplined team is growing up.

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