Regular Season Series (Game 3 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

(22-18, 7-10 away)

Clippers 105

(20-22, 15-10 home)

    Coverage: FSPI

    7:30 PM ET, January 26, 2005

    STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAL 17 26 16 3089
    LAC 26 22 22 35105

    Top Performers

    LAL: C. Butler 16 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    LAC: E. Brand 28 Pts, 14 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk

    Lakers' 5-game win streak over Clips ends

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Elton Brand had 28 points and 14 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers led nearly all the way in beating the Los Angeles Lakers 105-89 for a rare victory over their intercity rivals.

    The Lakers had beaten the Clippers five straight times, including twice this season, and in 28 of the last 31 games between the teams since 1997.

    Corey Maggette, who leads the Clippers with a 21.5-point average, returned after missing two games because of a sore left foot and scored 16 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter.

    Bobby Simmons added 21 points and Chris Kaman had 14 points, a career-high 16 rebounds and five blocked shots for the Clippers, who won their second straight after a season-high five-game losing streak.

    The Clippers outrebounded the Lakers 51-39.

    Chucky Atkins led the Lakers with 17 points. Caron Butler added 16 points, Brian Cook scored 14 and Jumaine Jones had 11 points and seven rebounds.

    The Lakers have lost two straight and are 3-3 since Kobe Bryant, the NBA's second-leading scorer, sustained a severely sprained right ankle Jan. 13.

    Lamar Odom had eight points and six rebounds before fouling out with 4:58 left. He was limited to 22 minutes by foul problems. Odom drew his second technical foul a minute after fouling out and had to leave the Lakers' bench.

    Seldom-used Slava Medvedenko scored seven points during a 12-5 Lakers run to start the fourth quarter that cut the Clippers' lead to 75-71. But the Clippers scored nine straight points -- six by Maggette and three by Brand -- for an 84-71 lead with 6:18 remaining.

    The Lakers drew within three points twice in the third quarter before the Clippers went on an 11-3 run to finish the period for a 70-59 lead. Brand scored five points during the spurt including a jumper from the free throw line as time expired.

    The Clippers led by as many as 12 points in the second quarter before settling for a 48-43 halftime lead. Cook scored 12 of the Lakers' 26 points in the period.

    The Clippers went ahead for good in the opening three minutes. Maggette scored four points during a 12-3 run that gave them a 22-11 lead, and it was 26-17 entering the second quarter.

    Game notes

    The game was played before a sellout crowd of 20,127 at Staples Center. ... The Lakers played without F Luke Walton, who sprained his left ankle while scoring a career-high 19 points in a 104-93 loss to Seattle on Tuesday night. ... The Clippers were two players short -- Kerry Kittles sat out his fifth straight game because of a strained right groin, and they declined to re-sign G Darrick Martin, who had played under two 10-day contracts. ... Bryant was eligible to come off the injured list before the game, but isn't expected to play before Feb. 6, when the Lakers begin a five-game road trip at Houston. "I want him back when it's the right time," Lakers coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. ... Brand recorded his eighth straight double-double. ... The Clippers didn't attempt a 3-pointer until Jaric misfired in the last minute of the third period. By that time, the Lakers were 6-of-15 from long range. The Clippers finished 3-of-8 from 3-point range while the Lakers were 8-of-18.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 89 105
    FGM-FGA 33-79 (.418) 39-87 (.448)
    3PM-3PA 8-18 (.444) 3-8 (.375)
    FTM-FTA 15-18 (.833) 24-35 (.686)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-39 19-51
    Assists 17 30
    Turnovers 20 16
    Steals 6 8
    Blocks 4 8
    Fast Break Points 5 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (3/0) 18 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 18

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Los Angeles
    Caron Butler Butler
    Points: 16
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 1
    Elton Brand Brand
    Points: 28
    Reb: 14
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1