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Lakers vs. Clippers: Battle of Staples Center

A star-studded Lakers squad that has been saddled with high expectations and is off to a disappointing 0-2 start hopes to right the ship against a Clippers team that looks far more comfortable and productive when the two Staples Center tenants square off on Friday night.

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What rivalry? Clips are better in battle for L.A.

The Clippers embarrassed the Lakers in front of the Lakers faithful on Friday night in Los Angeles. There's no longer any question as to whether or not this series is a true rivalry.

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Lakers offense continues to struggle in third loss

The Los Angeles Lakers fell to 0-3 on Friday night after continuing to struggle on the offensive end.

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Kobe Bryant shines, but Chris Paul, Clippers win

Kobe Bryant poured in 40 points on 14 of 23 shooting, but the Lakers committed 20 turnovers and fell to their Staples Center-rival, the L.A. Clippers, 105-95, on Friday night.

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Clips force nine Lakers turnovers, lead 52-47

The Los Angeles Clippers are leading the battle of Los Angeles in nearly every facet as they lead the Los Angeles Lakers, 52-47, at halftime at Staples Center.

The Lakers brought the Clippers' double-digit lead to within two on Devin Ebanks' three-pointer from the corner before Caron Butler answered with a three of his own at the buzzer to stretch the Clippers' lead to five at the end of the half. Butler and Kobe Bryant each scored a game-high 14 points through the first two quarters.

Turnovers were the story for the Lakers. Nine giveaways resulted in a total of eight points for the Clippers. The Clippers also displayed greater athleticism as they edged the Lakers in fast break points, 12-3.

The Lakers went 6 of 9 from downtown to climb back within the contest after trailing by as many as 11 points in the game.

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Steve Nash out Friday for Lakers with leg injury

A leg bruise will keep Steve Nash out of the Lakers' clash with the Clippers on Friday night.

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Clips, Lakers battle for Los Angeles this weekend

Both the Clippers and Lakers will play two games this weekend, including a Friday matchup pitting the two Los Angeles teams against one another.

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