Clippers coach Alvin Gentry said he didn't think his team played
very well in the first half and that he figured things might get
worse in the second.
"And obviously, disaster struck," he said. "There's a reason
they're the world champs. You're not going to beat them if you
score 32 and give up 66 in the second half."
O'Neal's free throw with 2:57 left in the third quarter broke a
tie and started an 11-1 run that put the Lakers up 72-62 with 1:03
left in the quarter.
The Lakers led 72-65 to start the final quarter and then reeled
off a 19-7 string in the first 6 1/2 minutes to open a 91-72 pad.
Although both teams play at Staples Center, the Lakers were the
home team and dropped the Clippers' road record to 0-6.
Game notes The Lakers lead the all-time series 113-37, including a
98-93 victory on Nov. 20. The Clippers won one of four meetings
last season, a 118-95 victory on Jan. 7. ... Olowokandi will not be
charged after a skirmish with a former girlfriend, the district
attorney's office said Friday. Olowokandi said before the game that
he thought it was unfair that the case even went that far,
believing it did because he is a pro athlete.