The Clippers beat the Lakers in the Los Angeles derby in the NBA
The Clippers beat the Lakers in the Los Angeles derby in the NBA
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  • 24 January, 2024

The Los Angeles Clippers defeated their neighbors and traditional rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers, with a score of 127-116, in the derby match that was held within the American Basketball League (NBA), taking advantage of the absence of “King” LeBron James due to injury.

The Clippers maintained their brilliance in the recent period and achieved their third win in a row and their 28th in the 42 games they have played so far this season.

The fourth group in the Western Region succeeded in deciding the match in its favor thanks to team play and a wonderful attacking performance from the main five, which was the reason for four players, including achieving double figures in scoring.

Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points with 11 rebounds and 10 assists, achieving a “double-double,” while James Harden scored a “double-double” by scoring 23 points with 10 assists, in addition to 17 points each for Paul George and Terence Mann.

The Los Angeles Clippers defeated their neighbors and traditional rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers, with a score of 127-116, in the derby match that was held within the American Basketball League (NBA), taking advantage of the absence of “King” LeBron James due to injury.

The Clippers maintained their brilliance in the recent period and achieved their third win in a row and their 28th in the 42 games they have played so far this season.

The fourth group in the Western Region succeeded in deciding the match in its favor thanks to team play and a wonderful attacking performance from the main five, which was the reason for four players, including achieving double figures in scoring.

Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points with 11 rebounds and 10 assists, achieving a “double-double,” while James Harden scored a “double-double” by scoring 23 points with 10 assists, in addition to 17 points each for Paul George and Terence Mann.

Kawhi Leonard summary

Substitutes Norman Powell and former Lakers star Russell Westbrook also impressed; The first scored 17 points and the second added 16 points.

The Clippers are taking advantage of James’ absence
The Clippers dominated most of the match; He excelled in the first quarter (35-29), the second (42-35), and the last (21-19), while the Lakers excelled in the third by four points (29-33).

On the other hand, the Lakers were greatly affected by the absence of James due to an ankle injury, and they were not helped by the “double-double” from D’Angelo Russell, who scored 27 points with 10 assists, and Anthony Davis scored 26 points with 12 rebounds.

The Lakers almost turned the tables in the final minutes; He succeeded in reducing the difference to two points in the middle of the final quarter, but the Clippers tightened their defense and regained control in the remaining minutes, expanding the difference to 11 points at the end of the match.

In other matches, the Oklahoma City Thunder took top spot in the Western Conference with a difficult victory over the visiting Portland Trail Blazers 111-109 thanks to a basket by Jaylen Williams two seconds before the end of the match.

Away from the derby between the Clippers and Lakers, Serbian star Nikola Jokic continued to lead his team, the defending champion Denver Nuggets, to a new victory by defeating the host Indiana Pacers 114-109, where he achieved a “double-double” with 31 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.

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