This weekend saw the Los Angeles Clippers tally their fifth win in a row, while the Los Angeles Lakers continued to rebound from a disappointing 1-4 start with a win on Sunday night at Staples Center.
The Clippers (7-2) downed the Chicago Bulls 101-80 on Saturday night, powered by forward Blake Griffin's 26 points and 10 rebounds. Potential Sixth Man of the Year candidate Jamal Crawford added 22 points off the bench, including 17 in the second quarter to lead the Clippers powerful reserves. The Clippers are off to their best start since the 2005-06 season when they won nine of their first 11 games.
The Lakers (5-5) tallied their second consecutive victory with a 119-108 win over the Houston Rockets on Sunday. Kobe Bryant posted the 18th triple-double of his career, scoring 22 points and adding 11 rebounds and 11 assists to pace the Lakers. Center Dwight Howard added 28 points and 13 rebounds, and power forward Pau Gasol scored 17 points and surpassed the 15,000 career point mark, the most among foreign-born NBA players.