The Lakers were ousted by a tough Grizzlies squad, but bounced back with a blowout of the Mavericks, while the Clippers dropped a pair of road games and have lost three in a row.
Despite 30 points from Kobe Bryant, the Lakers (7-7) couldn't topple the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night, as they lost 106-98 at FedEx Forum. The 9-2 Grizzlies used a balanced attack, led by 21 points from Rudy Gay, 19 from Mike Conley and Zach Randolph's 11th consecutive double-double to come out on top.
The Lakers bounced back on Saturday night and destroyed the Dallas Mavericks, 115-89. Los Angeles led by as much as 37 points, and was paced by 19 points apiece from Antawn Jamison, Metta World Peace and Bryant as the Lakers improved to 2-2 under new head coach Mike D'Antoni.
The Clippers (8-5) didn't fare so well over the weekend, dropping a pair of games. Friday night, the Clippers could not overcome the stifling Brooklyn Nets defense and lost 86-76 at the Barclays Center. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin scored 14 points each in the loss.
Saturday night, the Clippers dropped their third consecutive game, losing 104-93 to the Atlanta Hawks. An 18-0 run by the Hawks in the second quarter proved to be too much for the Clippers to overcome. Griffin scored 22 points and grabbed 11 boards in the loss, while Paul added 19 points, seven assists, seven steals and five rebounds.