Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Eric Gordon led all scorers with 30 points and rookie Blake Griffin registered his franchise-record 26th straight double- double with 18 points and 15 rebounds before getting ejected late in the fourth quarter, as the Los Angeles Clippers snapped the Lakers’ seven-game winning streak with a 99-92 victory at Staples Center.
With the Clippers up 99-90 and 5.7 seconds remaining, Griffin got tangled up with Lamar Odom after Randy Foye’s three throw. Odom grabbed the power forward by the jersey and push him out of bounds. After other players got involved, order was quickly restored with no punches being thrown.
Odom, Griffin, the Lakers’ Ron Artest and Clippers’ Baron Davis were all ejected.
Davis chipped in 14 points and eight assists, while DeAndre Jordan finished with 15 rebounds to go with eight points for the Clippers, who earned only their third win in the last 14 meetings with the Lakers. The Clippers have won four of five overall.
Kobe Bryant ended with a team-best 27 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers, who were serving as the visitor and had won nine of 10 coming into the contest. Andrew Bynum had 18 points and 13 boards in defeat.
“I didn’t like our energy tonight,” Lakers head coach Phil Jackson said. “They exposed us at the end of the game and we had a couple of defensive lapses. Gordon had a really good game.”
The Lakers were ahead 79-73 with 6:26 left in the fourth, but Gordon’s three and a layup by Griffin cut the deficit to one. Artest snapped the string with a triple, but Gordon countered with a three-ball and Griffin’s baby hook-shot and power move inside put the Clippers in front by an 85-82 margin with 3:41 remaining.
Foye’s trey, a steal and breakaway dunk by Gordon and free throw from Griffin stretched the Clips lead to 93-85 with 1:50 to play and they held on down the stretch.
Gordon scored eight points in the opening quarter to help the Clippers grab a 27-22 lead after 12 minutes.
In a back-and-forth second quarter, Bryant’s free throw in the closing seconds gave the Lakers a slim 45-44 edge heading into the locker room.
With the Lakers down 53-51 in the early stages of the third, Bryant accounted for 12 points in a 16-2 run to put his squad up 67-55 with 3:05 left in the period.
Bryant started the burst with a three-point play, then finished it by draining a three-pointer. However, Gordon beat the buzzer with a corner three that capped a 13-4 run to get the Clippers within 71-68 heading into the fourth.
Odom and Artest both finished with 10 points for the Lakers, who shot 41.3 percent from the field, but made only 3-of-20 from three-point territory…Foye ended with nine points for the Clippers, who made 43.7 percent of their shots and 9-of-21 from beyond the arc.