Clippers Vs. Lakers: Chris Paul Outshines Kobe Bryant As Clippers Draw First Blood

The Clippers have won five straight home games.

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Clippers Schedule 2012: Back-To-Back-To-Back Set Opens Busy Week

After playing a league-low nine games through the first three weeks of the season, the first-place Los Angeles Clippers have a busy week ahead. They play five games in seven days, including their first set of back-to-back-to-back games beginning Monday, and they may have to begin their toughest week so far without point guard Chris Paul, who is questionable while nursing a left hamstring injury. Here is a look at the week ahead for the Clippers:

Monday - New Jersey Nets at Clippers, 12:30 p.m.: The Clippers look for their sixth straight home win in an afternoon affair on Martin Luther King Jr. Day against the struggling 3-10 Nets.

Tuesday - Clippers at Utah Jazz, 6 p.m.: A tough road contest for the Clippers against a Utah team that is 6-1 at home this season.

Wednesday - Dallas Mavericks at Clippers, 7:30 p.m.: The defending NBA champion Mavericks bring their five-game winning streak into Los Angeles for a pair of games, Monday against the Lakers and Wednesday against the Clippers

Friday - Minnesota Timberwolves at Clippers, 7:30 p.m.: Former UCLA Bruin Kevin Love comes to town to battle Blake Griffin in a matchup of the only two NBA players this season averaging at least 23 points and 10 rebounds per game.

Sunday - Toronto Raptors at Clippers, 12:30 p.m.: The Clippers close out their week with a Sunday afternoon affair against a Toronto team that enters the week on a four-game losing streak.

The week is full for the Clippers, with five games in seven days, but they are also facing three teams with losing records and have four of their five games at home. The health of Chris Paul will be key, but this week is an opportunity for the Clippers to pad their win total.

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NBA Scores And More: Chicago Bulls, Oklahoma City Thunder Continue To Roll

The early NBA season has been quite a grind so far. Some teams have played a ton of games, like the Los Angeles Lakers with 14 games in the first 21 days of the season, while others have played very few, like the Los Angeles Clippers with their nine games to date. Saturday's games gave us a glimpse into the league in the early going.

Oklahoma City Thunder 104, New York Knicks 92: Kevin Durant scored 28 points to lead Oklahoma City to their sixth straight win. The Thunder have established themselves as the class of the Western Conference, and don't be surprised if they run away and hide with the best record in the west.

Chicago Bulls 77, Toronto Raptors 64: Chicago continued their defensive romp through the Eastern Conference, and stand at 12-2. Derrick Rose had 18 points and 11 assists in the win.

Indiana Pacers 97, Boston Celtics 83: Boston is 4-7 so far this season. That's too bad.

Houston Rockets 107, Portland Trail Blazers 104 (OT): Portland got off to such a hot start, but all of a sudden have lost three straight contests. Last night the Rockets' backcourt of Kyle Lowry and Kevin Martin combined for 61 points, with Lowry (33 points, eight rebounds, nine assists) nearly getting a triple-double.

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Kobe Bryant Scoring Spree Continues In Lakers' Loss To Clippers

With 14 games in the first 21 days of the season, the Los Angeles Lakers at times have resembled a tired group of players. Well except for Kobe Bryant, that is. The Lakers lost Saturday night to the Los Angeles Clippers 102-94 at Staples Center, but Bryant, in his 16th NBA season, continued his scoring spree.

Bryant scored 42 points against the Clippers, including 21 in the third quarter that saw the Lakers cut a 13-point deficit to just two points. It was the fourth straight game Bryant has scored 40 points, remarkable considering Kobe has been playing all season with a torn ligament (the lunotriquetral ligament, if you are keeping track) in his right wrist. Bryant has taken over the NBA scoring lead at 32.0 points per game, thanks to quite a run over his last eight games.

Kobe Bryant Last Eight Games
Date Opp FG FT 3-Pt Pts
Jan 3 Houston 14-29 7-9 2-7 37
Jan 5 at Portland 13-24 4-5 0-4 30
Jan 6 Golden State 13-28 12-14 1-3 39
Jan 8 Memphis 11-22 3-6 1-5 26
Jan 10 Phoenix 18-31 12-13 0-3 48
Jan 11 at Utah 14-31 11-11 1-3 40
Jan 13 Cleveland 15-31 8-10 4-7 42
Jan 14 at Clippers 14-28 12-14 2-5 42
Totals 50.0% 84.1% 29.7% 38.0

Bryant won the Western Conference Player of the Week last week by averaging 33.0 points while the Lakers won three of four contests. This week, the Lakers were 3-1 again and Bryant averaged 43.0 points per game. It seems safe to say Kobe will win a second straight weekly honor this week, which would be the 30th of Bryant's career.

For more news and information on Kobe and the Lakers, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.

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Lakers Vs. Clippers Game Recap: Kobe Bryant Scores 42, But Not Enough In 102-94 Loss

The good news for the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night was that Kobe Bryant continued his scoring frenzy, scoring 42 points and almost singlehandedly delivering a comeback win. The bad news is that the lead, nor the win, never came as the Lakers fell to the Los Angeles Clippers 102-94 at Staples Center in their first meeting this season.

The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Lakers.

Bryant scored 21 of his 42 in the third quarter that saw the Lakers cut a 13-point deficit to two at one point. Kobe hit 14 of 28 field goals en route to his 42 points, his fourth straight game scoring at least 40 points, and the 111th time he has reached the 40-point plateau in his career. Bryant has averaged 38 points per game over his last eight contests.

Andrew Bynum (12 points, 16 rebounds) and Pau Gasol (14 points, 10 rebounds) each had double-doubles for the Lakers, but the duo also shot just 13 of 30 (43.3%) from the field. The Lakers were outrebounded 50-42 on the night, and gave up 17 offensive rebounds to the Clippers.

Yes, this was the fourth game in five nights for the Lakers while the Clippers had two days of rest to prepare for Saturday, but the fact remains that the Clippers are a force to be reckoned with in the Pacific Division. At 6-3 (.667), the Clippers hold a better winning percentage than the Lakers at 9-5 (.643), though the schedule wasn't built to figure games back with such a large disparity of games played.

The Lakers are off Sunday, then host the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night.

For more news and information on the local NBA teams, be sure to read Clips Nation and Silver Screen and Roll.

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Clippers Vs. Lakers Final Score: Chris Paul Dominates, Suffers Hamstring Injury In 102-94 Win

Chris Paul had another magnificent outing Saturday night, scoring 33 points to lead the Los Angeles Clippers over the Los Angeles Lakers 102-94 at Staples Center in the first regular season meeting between the two Pacific Division foes. However, the victory was dampened somewhat by Paul leaving the game with four minutes remaining with a strained left hamstring. He did not return.

Paul had six assists, four rebounds, and three steals to go with his season-high point total, abusing Derek Fisher and rookie Darius Morris. The Clippers have won five straight home games and are 21-6 in their last 27 home games, dating back to last season.

The Clippers, who have struggled on the boards early this season, outrebounded the lengthy Lakers 50-42 on the night, and grabbed 17 rebounds. Blake Griffin led the way with 14 rebounds to go with his 22 points, while DeAndre Jordan and Reggie Evans chipped in with a combined 18 boards in 45 minutes on the night.

Chauncey Billups hit four three-pointers en route to 19 points for the Clippers, who shot 41.2% on the night. The Clippers host New Jersey on Monday afternoon at Staples Center.

For more news and information on the local NBA teams, be sure to read Clips Nation and Silver Screen and Roll.

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Lakers Vs. Clippers Game Score: Chris Paul, Chauncey Billups Combine For 29 Points As Clippers Lead 55-42 At Halftime

Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups combined for 29 points in the first half, leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a 55-42 halftime lead over the Los Angeles Clippers Saturday night at Staples Center. Caron Butler, who has scored exactly 20 points in each of his last three games, scored nine of his 11 points in the first quarter for the Clippers.

Kobe Bryant, who has scored 40 points or more in each of his last three game, struggled mightily in the opening half, making just three of 12 field goals on his way to 11 points.

The Clippers abused the Lakers on the glass, outrebounded the purple and gold 35-22, including 13 offensive rebounds. DeAndre Jordan had nine rebounds in the first half, while Blake Griffin had a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards himself for the Clippers. Board machine Reggie Evans had six rebounds in 10 minutes off the bench in the opening half.

Tempers flared at the end of the first quarter, when rookie point guard Darius Morris was fouled with 12 seconds remaining in the opening period. After the play was long over, Morris drove to the hoop and dunked it, but was lightly pushed by Griffin as he did so. Lakers' coach Mike Brown went ballistic on the sideline that there was no technical foul called on Griffin, and Brown drew a technical foul himself, and was really lucky he wasn't ejected.

Pau Gasol scored 10 points and had five rebounds in the opening half, while Andrew Bynum added eight points and eight rebounds for the Lakers, who shot 37.2% (18 for 46) in the first half.

For more news and information on the local NBA teams, be sure to read Clips Nation and Silver Screen and Roll.

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Clippers Vs. Lakers: Mo Williams Out With Right Foot Injury

The Los Angeles Clippers are in search of their fifth straight home win Saturday night as they host the Los Angeles Lakers in the battle of Staples Center. The Clippers will be without backup point guard Mo Williams, who is out with a right foot injury, per Clippers' broadcaster Isaac Lowenkron.

Williams is averaging 10.4 points and 4.0 assists per game this season, playing 25.9 minutes per game mostly coming off the bench. Williams did start one game in place of an injured Chauncey Billups earlier this season. Williams has shot 47.2% from the field this season, his first season in a reserve role since the 2005-2006 campaign when he was with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Williams isn't the only reserve point guard unavailable Saturday night, as Steve Blake will miss three to four weeks for the Lakers with a rib injury.

For more news and information on Mo Williams and the Clippers, be sure to read Clips Nation.

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Clippers Vs. Lakers Starting Lineups, News, And Game Notes

The Los Angeles Clippers host the Los Angeles Lakers Saturday night in the long-awaited battle of Staples Center. The Clippers have won their last four home games while the Lakers have won their last five games overall. Here is a look at the probable starting lineups, with news and notes for each player.

Lakers (9-4)

Point Guard - Derek Fisher: Had 10 assists Friday for the first time since January 11, 2009, a span of three years.

Shooting Guard - Kobe Bryant: Is only 322 points shy of Shaquille O`Neal for fifth place on the NBA all-time scoring list.

Small Forward - Matt Barnes: Shooting 61.5% and averaging 12.2 points over last five games.

Power Forward - Pau Gasol: Five straight double-doubles.

Center - Andrew Bynum: Shooting just 45.3% in last five games.

Clippers (5-3)

Point Guard - Chris Paul: Recorded his 116th game of 20 or more points and 10 or more assists on Wednesday, most in the NBA during the last seven seasons.

Shooting Guard - Chauncey Billups: Had the audacity to miss one free throw in each of the last two games; has made 37 of 39 free throws this season, fifth in the NBA at 94.9%.

Small Forward - Caron Butler: Has scored exactly 20 points in three straight games

Power Forward - Blake Griffin: His 22 dunks are tied with Dwight Howard for second in NBA, behind only JaVale McGee's 23.

Center - DeAndre Jordan: Leading the NBA with 3.38 blocks per game this season, including six on Wednesday night against Miami.

For more news and information on the local NBA teams, be sure to read Clips Nation and Silver Screen and Roll.

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Clippers Vs. Lakers Game Preview: Game Time, TV Info And More

The Los Angeles Clippers host the Los Angeles Lakers Saturday night in the battle for Staples Center, a matchup for the two best teams in the Pacific Division. This is the first of three meetings between the two teams this season. Here are the relevant details of Saturday's game:

Records: Lakers (9-4), Clippers (5-3)

Location: Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles

Time: 7:30 p.m. PST

TV: Prime Ticket (Clippers broadcast) and KCAL (Lakers broadcast)

Offensive Efficiency: Clippers 107.3 points per 100 possessions (sixth in NBA); Lakers 102.8 (14th)

Defensive Efficiency: Lakers 97.6 (fourth in NBA); Clippers 104.9 (23rd)

Leading Scorers: Kobe Bryant, Lakers (31.2 points per game, first in NBA); Blake Griffin, Clippers (23.2 ppg, seventh). Bryant has scored at least 40 points in each of his last three games.

Leading Rebounders: Andrew Bynum, Lakers (13.6 rebounds per game, third in NBA); Griffin, Clippers (10.8 rpg, sixth). Griffin has 38 boards in his last three games.

Leading Assist Men: Chris Paul, Clippers (8.8 assists per game, fifth in NBA); Bryant, Lakers (5.5 apg)

Series: The Clippers and Lakers have split their last 10 games with the Clippers as the home team.

Home Sweet Home: The Clippers have won four straight home games this season and are 4-1 at Staples Center this season, losing only their home opener to the Chicago Bulls. The Clippers are 20-6 in their last 26 home games, dating back to last season. Meanwhile, the Lakers are 8-1 at Staples Center this season, winning their last eight contests in Los Angeles.

For more news and information on the local NBA teams, be sure to read Clips Nation and Silver Screen and Roll.

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Steve Blake To Miss 3-4 Weeks With Rib Injury

The Los Angeles Lakers will seek their sixth straight victory on Saturday night as they battle the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. But the Lakers will do so without reserve point guard Steve Blake, who is expected to miss three to four weeks with a rib injury, the team announced Friday night.

Blake has a costochaondral fracture, which is a fracture of the cartilage connecting the rib to the sternum. He originally suffered the injury Tuesday night against the Phoenix Suns, and aggravated it Wednesday night in Salt Lake City against the Utah Jazz. Blake did not play Friday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Blake's wife Kristen has a good sense of humor about her husband's injury, tweeting on Friday, "Woke up this morn to the the boys running down the hall 'let's go see if daddy's rib is still sticking out!!' they're fascinated by it. lol."

Blake is averaging 7.3 points and 2.8 assists this season in 24.3 minutes per game, while shooting 40.2% from the field, including 35.4% from three-point range. Rookie Darius Morris figures to get the bulk of Blake's minutes. Morris played 18 minutes Friday night against Cleveland two days after playing 13 minutes in place of Blake two days earlier in Utah.

For more news and information on Steve Blake and the Lakers, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.

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Lakers Vs. Clippers: Kobe Bryant Looks To Continue Scoring Spree

The Los Angeles Lakers look for their sixth straight win on Saturday night as they face their cross-building rivals in a road game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. Kobe Bryant won Western Conference Player of the Week last week after averaging 33.0 points per game. A second straight weekly honor is all but a lock as Kobe has scored at least 40 points in all three games this week, all wins.

Bryant has surged into the NBA scoring lead with three consecutive 40-point games, now averaging 31.2 points per contest. Bryant has scored at least 30 points in six of his last seven games. Kobe's 262 points over his last seven games are his most in a seven-game stretch since scoring 344 points (49.1 per game) in a seven-game stretch in March 2007 that included five games of 50 points or more and two games of 60 or more.

Kobe Bryant Last Seven Games
Date Opp FG FT 3-Pt Pts
Jan 3 Houston 14-29 7-9 2-7 37
Jan 5 at Portland 13-24 4-5 0-4 30
Jan 6 Golden State 13-28 12-14 1-3 39
Jan 8 Memphis 11-22 3-6 1-5 26
Jan 10 Phoenix 18-31 12-13 0-3 48
Jan 11 at Utah 14-31 11-11 1-3 40
Jan 13 Cleveland 15-31 8-10 4-7 42
Totals 50.0% 83.8% 28.1% 37.4

Bryant has taken 31 shots in each of his last three games. The last time Kobe took 30 or more shots for three straight games was in March 2007. The only longer streak in his career was a four-game stretch in March 2006, when Kobe scored at least 42 points in four straight games, averaging 44.8 points per game during that span.

For more news and information on the local NBA teams, be sure to read Clips Nation and Silver Screen and Roll.

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Clippers Vs. Lakers: Pacific Division's Best Face Off At Staples Center

The Clippers and Lakers have split their last 10 games with the Clippers as the home team.

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