Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/17

Game 1: Wednesday, November 17th
Game 2: Saturday, December 11th
Game 3: Wednesday, January 26th
Game 4: Tuesday, March 8th

Lakers 89

(11-8, 4-5 away)

Clippers 87

(11-8, 7-5 home)

Coverage: FSPI

7:30 PM ET, December 11, 2004

STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

1 2 3 4 T
LAL 23 30 20 1689
LAC 30 19 21 1787

Top Performers

LAL: K. Bryant 37 Pts, 10 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Blk

LAC: M. Moore 18 Pts, 14 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl

Lakers go 20-for-20 from the line

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kobe's still too much for the Clippers.

Bryant scored 37 points and had 10 rebounds as the Lakers extended their domination of the Clippers with an 89-87 victory Saturday night.

Early on, the sellout crowd of 19,697 seemed to side with the Clippers, who share the arena with the Lakers and were the home team for the game.

By the fourth quarter, though, the building was rocking with chants of "Kobe! Kobe!"

"It was a little bit of both," Bryant said of the crowd. "It was hot and cold.

"I just love playing in high-energy places."

The game was close most of the way, with Bryant helping pull it out by scoring nine points in a late 4:39 span.

"No. 8 (Bryant) was huge for us," said Lamar Odom, who added 19 points and 12 rebounds. "He made so many plays tonight with guys in his face, and he can hit shots from anywhere."

Bryant finished 13-of-32 from the field, but was perfect on 10 shots from the line as the Lakers made all their 20 free throws.

The Clippers went 18-of-22 from the line.

Bryant missed making it three triple-doubles in a row, finishing with five assists.

The Clippers had a chance to tie it in the final seconds, but Corey Maggette's off-balance running jumper went in and out of the basket after kissing the glass.

"I'm just totally upset, especially when it comes down where you can tie the game and go into overtime," Maggette said. "You have an opportunity to make the shot -- and it goes in and out."

The Lakers have beaten the Clippers five straight, including a 103-86 decision last month, and 28 of 31 dating to 1997.

Maggette scored 27 points, and Mikki Moore, getting his first start for the Clippers, added 18 points and 14 rebounds.

The Clippers were without leading rebounder Elton Brand, serving a one-game suspension for shoving Charlotte's Emeka Okafor in Monday's game. Moore started in place of Brand.

Kerry Kittles, playing only his second game for the Clippers, scored 15 points and had five assists in 31 minutes. Obtained from New Jersey in an offseason trade, Kittles has been sidelined because of complications from off-season knee surgery.

"The knee's pretty good. It's been pretty good the last week or so, so I have no problem with that," Kittles said.

A Bryant jumper gave the Lakers a 61-51 lead 3 minutes into the third quarter, but the Clippers chipped the difference down to 73-70 heading into the fourth.

"It was a good game," said Odom, formerly with the Clippers. "It's always going to be a good game. They've got a lot of athletes over there and they're well-coached.

"They've got a lot of scorers on that team and they play well, but our zone slowed them down and gave them a different look."

Game notes

Clippers C Chris Kaman, who had an emergency appendectomy two days earlier, played six minutes and scored two points. He brought a roar from the crowd with a behind-the-back dribble and then a behind-the-back pass on a fast break just before halftime. ... The Lakers are 77-20 against the Clippers since the Clippers moved to Los Angeles.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 89 87
FGM-FGA 32-76 (.421) 33-89 (.371)
3PM-3PA 5-16 (.313) 3-13 (.231)
FTM-FTA 20-20 (1.000) 18-22 (.818)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-46 17-40
Assists 10 21
Turnovers 16 10
Steals 2 10
Blocks 4 5
Fast Break Points 4 15
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (4/0) 21 (0/0)
Largest Lead 10 9

Top Performers

Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Kobe Bryant Bryant
Points: 37
Reb: 10
Ast: 5
Stl: 0
Blk: 2
Mikki Moore Moore
Points: 18
Reb: 14
Ast: 1
Stl: 2
Blk: 0