No lame excuses as Lakers clip skid
The Los Angeles Lakers feel like they’ve spent at least a month shorthanded due to injuries and weary from an extraordinarily grinding schedule.
When they finally found an opponent with even more ailments and exhaustion, the Lakers didn’t waste the opportunity to snap an embarrassing rivalry losing streak.
Nick Young and Timofey Mozgov scored 19 points apiece and the Lakers ended their 11-game skid against the Los Angeles Clippers with a 111102 victory on Sunday night.
Lou Williams and D’Angelo Russell added 14 points each for the Lakers, who hadn’t beaten their Staples Center co-tenants since opening night of the 2013-14 season.
The streak was tied for the Lakers’ longest against any team since moving to Los Angeles a half-century ago, and it was the Clippers’ longest active winning streak against any opponent.
With injured Clippers corner- stones Blake Griffin and Chris Paul sidelined, the Lakers won with a season-high seven scorers in double digits.
“It was needed,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “It felt good to get this one back home. It’s been a tough couple of weeks, and we had to come together to win it.”
The Lakers surged from a halftime deficit to an 18-point lead during a dynamite third quarter for their second win in 14. They also won on Christmas for the 22nd time, matching the New York Knicks’ NBA record.
“A win is a win, and nobody makes excuses for us when we have guys down,” Williams said.
“We got stops in the third quarter, and we were able to put a few (baskets) together. We were the most aggressive team coming out of the locker room.”
J.J. Redick scored 22 points before sitting out the fourth with a sore left hamstring for the Clippers, who couldn’t overcome the absence of their two best players.
Griffin is out for at least a month after right knee surgery, while Paul was a late scratch for the second straight game with a left hamstring strain.
Jamal Crawford also scored 22 points and DeAndre Jordan had seven points, 10 rebounds and a careerhigh six assists as the Clippers played their fourth of eight games in a 12-day stretch.
“We understand there’s going to be times like this, weeks like this,” said Marreese Speights, who scored 15 points. “We just have to fight through it and be a better team.”
The Clippers held an 11-point lead during the first half, but the Lakers scored the first 11 points after the break and eventually stretched their run to 28-12, taking a 15-point lead into the fourth.
“I thought we took our jobs very seriously in the third quarter,” Walton said.
The Lakers returned from a 1-6 road trip to begin a five-game homestand with their first meeting of the season against the Clippers.
Brandon Ingram of the Los Angeles Lakers is airborne defending Marreese Speights of the Los Angeles Clippers in the first half of their game at Staples Center on Sunday. The Lakers snapped their 11-game losing streak with a 111-102 victory.