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New FSM Essential Recap: Lakers vs Clippers- Game 62

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Los Angeles Lakers (27-35) | Los Angeles Clippers (34-31)


The Lakers went on a 14-0 run from the break, but it was all Clippers in the second half in the 132-111 loss.


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The Clippers completed the season sweep last night in dominant fashion.  It was the fourth straight loss for the Lakers, as this 2022 season continues to spiral out of control.

Lebron James got the scoring started with a three before Terrance Mann scored 7 of the first 13 for the ClippersAustin Reaves, who got his second start, drained back-to-back threes in light of a 9-point first quarter.  It was a back and forth period for the stadium rivals; both teams were over 50 percent from the field early.

The Lakers had a slight lead, but Reggie Jackson began to wake up towards the end of the quarter.  After Carmelo Anthony drove to the rim for a vicious dunk, Jackson led a 9-0 run to put the Clippers up five at the end of the first.  What helped keep the Clippers from pulling away, even more was a chase-down block by James as he rejected Jackson at the rim, reminding the arena of his 2016 finals run.

James was cutting to the Clipper lead with his best effort to start the second, scoring 7 of the first 9 in the quarter.  Luke Kennard and the Clippers then began to break away, going on a 19-9 run.  It gave the Clippers their largest lead of the half at 17, with the leading factor being poor defense outside the perimeter.  The Clippers were 9-15 from three in the first half, humbling the Laker defense and forcing a Frank Vogel timeout.

Whatever was said by Coach Vogel proved effective; the final 4 minutes of the half only favored the Lake Show.  They would go on a 14-0 run before the break, proving how effective they are when in rhythm. What stole the show was stellar passing from Reaves, serving up two highlight dunks to Westbrook and Malik Monk.  Both Monk and Westbrook shot 71 percent in the half, with their MVP in James scoring 18 points before the break.

The Lakers have been inconsistent this year in the sense of scoring streaks, and they hoped to keep that momentum high in the second half.  The Clippers were scoreless in 4 minutes, but their three-point shooting was still eye-opening.


The Lakers went on a 14-0 run to cut a 17-point deficit down to 3, and they looked to keep applying pressure in the second half down 66-63.


Lakers vs Clippers
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There are no words to describe the third quarter for the Lakers. The Clippers went on a 25-2 run to start the second half, embarrassing the Lakers into another deep deficit.  Marcus Morris Sr. had 14 points in the quarter as the leader of the outburst, with the Clippers outscoring the Lakers 40-18.

Without Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, it was an excellent sign for Ty Lue and the Clippers.  They added more depth at the deadline with Norman Powell and Robert Covington, proving how scary this team can be when fully healthy.  The Laker defense was in shambles, getting themselves in a 25-point deficit before the fourth.

The fourth quarter was more of the same. Reggie Jackson found himself with an entire stadium chanting his name.  He finished the night with a season-high 36 points, while Frank Vogel could only pull his starters out in the final minutes.  Westbrook is nearing a 10-game stretch of failing to reach 20 points, but last night was an exposure of the entire team once again.

The Laker bench had a quiet 13-5 run in the final minutes, with Wayne Ellington scoring 9 of the 13.  The damage was just too brutal, and it came to another merciful end last night.


The Lakers will host the Warriors Saturday on NBA Primetime. The game can be seen at 5:30 pm, on ABC.          

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