Rapid Reaction: Clippers 120, Lakers 97
April, 6, 2014
By Dave McMenamin
LOS ANGELES -- On a day when the Los Angeles Lakers picked up their 52nd loss of the season to tie the 1974-75 squad for the most defeats in a single season in franchise history, the way it went down was wholly appropriate with the rest of their crummy campaign.
Their foe, the Los Angeles Clippers, thoroughly outclassed them for the third straight game, shooting 56.6 percent from the field.
Meanwhile, in what's become a recurring nightmare for the Lakers, their players couldn't stay healthy. Kent Bazemore went down in the second quarter because of a sprained right foot and did not return. Nick Young tweaked his left knee in the third quarter and had to get treatment on the bench before limping around in meaningless minutes in what had already became a blowout in the fourth quarter.
Oh, and this is about the time to mention that the Lakers came into the game with only nine healthy players to begin with.
There was nothing particularly painful about Sunday's loss, other than the actual pain from those injuries. It was just another example of a superior opponent taking care of business and the Lakers wishing for it to end.
How it happened: The Lakers kept things relatively close in the first half, trailing 57-49 at intermission, but the Clippers used a 37-23 third quarter to blow things wide open. It was already garbage time by the start of the fourth.
What it means: Mike D'Antoni pretty much conceded the game before it even started, admitting during his pregame remarks, "They know they're up against a mountain today." The Lakers didn't fare too well in climbing it.
Hits: Jordan Hill had 22 points and nine rebounds.
Jodie Meeks kept up his consistent scoring, dropping in 17 points.
Kendall Marshall had a double-double with 10 points and 11 assists, and Robert Sacre neared one with nine points and 10 rebounds.
Young scored 18 points off the bench.
After being the last Lakers player to check into the game with only a couple of minutes left in the fourth quarter, MarShon Brooks immediately nailed a 3.
Misses: The Lakers were outscored 27-13 in fast-break points.
Stat of the game: 52.9. That's what the Clippers shot on 3-pointers, going 10-for-19 from deep.
Up next: The Lakers have five games left on the schedule, starting Tuesday against the Houston Rockets in a game that Dwight Howard may not play in because of a sore left ankle.