NBA’s Battle for Los Angeles: Can the Lakers Hold Off the Clippers?

January 13th, 2011 by Paul Peszko Leave a reply »
Back on December 8, Derek Fisher’s buzzer-beater enabled the Lakers to edge out the Clippers, their Staples Center co-tenants, 87-86. That started the Clippers on a four-game slide.

Since then, the perennial Western Conference cellar-dwellers have turned things around winning eight of their last eleven games and capping it with a statement win last night against the Miami Heat, 111-105, snapping the Heat’s 13-game road winning streak.

This was the same Miami Heat that destroyed the Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas Day, 96-80.  And, this was the same Los Angeles Clippers that began this season losing 13 of their first 14 games.

But that was then, this is now.  First year head coach Vinnie Del Negro has finally figured out the strengths and weakness of his personnel while point-guard Baron Davis, who was injured earlier in the year, has reignited the team with his on-court savvy.

Davis had his best game of the season, scoring 20 points with nine assists, as the Clippers led all the way from the opening tip off. Meanwhile, first-year wonder, Blake Griffin just seems to get a double-double every game. Last night was n ...

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