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
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
The Clippers outrebounded the Lakers 51-39.
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
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.
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.