Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/20

Game 1: Tuesday, November 20th
Game 2: Friday, December 14th
Game 3: Wednesday, January 23rd
Game 4: Friday, March 15th

Clippers 80

(12-11, 0-6 away)

Lakers 110

(17-3, 12-1 home)

    Coverage: FSW

    7:30 PM ET, December 14, 2001

    STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAC 26 22 17 1580
    LAL 23 21 28 38110

    Top Performers

    LAC: L. Odom 17 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast

    LAL: S. O'Neal 28 Pts, 15 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    After two straight losses, Lakers back to winning

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- For most of the first three quarters, the Clippers played like a team on a roll and the Lakers like a team in a slump.

    Shaquille O'Neal


    Shaquille O'Neal had 28 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Lakers.

    Then the status quo was re-established, with the Lakers playing like the two-time defending NBA champions they are, taking total control in the fourth quarter of a 110-80 victory Friday night.

    Shaquille O'Neal had 28 points and 15 rebounds and Kobe Bryant added 25 points for the Lakers, who ended a two-game losing streak by outscoring the Clippers 38-15 in the final period.

    The Clippers had won three straight coming into the game.

    "They have a lot of talent over there, but we run this city. We run this building. As long as I'm here, that's how it's going to be," O'Neal said.

    The victory also kept a streak going for Lakers coach Phil Jackson -- his teams haven't lost three in a row since January 1995, when he was coaching Chicago and Michael Jordan was playing baseball.

    "You never want to lose three in a row, so it was good game for us to come out here and win by 30," said Bryant, who also had seven assists and three steals.

    Jackson was pleased with the Lakers' second-half surge after they trailed 48-44 at halftime.

    "We played good defense, got some rebounds and kind of used our tempo to play the game," he said.

    The Clippers were coming off a 114-94 blowout of Seattle on Wednesday, a night after the SuperSonics beat the Lakers 104-93.

    After starting the season 16-1, the Lakers lost at Sacramento before losing to Seattle.

    Backup center Stanislav Medvedenko added a career-high 18 points and seven rebounds for the Lakers.

    Lamar Odom had 17 points and Jeff McInnis 15 for the Clippers. Their leading scorer this season, Elton Brand, was held to five points -- 15 below his average. Center Michael Olowokandi had nine points in the first half but was shut out in the second.

    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.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 80 110
    FGM-FGA 29-81 (.358) 43-88 (.489)
    3PM-3PA 2-14 (.143) 2-9 (.222)
    FTM-FTA 20-33 (.606) 22-28 (.786)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-42 12-55
    Assists 11 24
    Turnovers 16 10
    Steals 7 10
    Blocks 2 6
    Fast Break Points 8 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (1/0) 27 (0/1)

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Los Angeles
    Lamar Odom Odom
    Points: 17
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Shaquille O'Neal O'Neal
    Points: 28
    Reb: 15
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1