Gallinari gets 23, Clips hold off slumping Lakers 113-105
apart in February and March.
Two days after an embarrassing road loss to NBA-worst Phoenix put a huge dent in their playoff chances, the Lakers played without forward Brandon Ingram, who developed right shoulder soreness after the morning shootaround. Ingram had played in 50 straight games, averaging 18.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in a strong first season alongside James.
Kyle Kuzma then scored 13 points before he limped off the floor with an apparent ankle injury with 6:04 to play.
Although the Lakers still have an enormous overall lead in this rivalry, the Clippers have won the season series in each of the past six years. The Clippers have taken two of three heading into the final meeting this season on April 5.
Rondo is 11th in NBA history with 32 triple-doubles. He and Mark Jackson are the only players to record a triple-double with five different teams.
Ivica Zubac started for the Clippers and finished with seven points against the Lakers, who drafted the Croatian 7-footer in the second round in 2016 and fostered his development until trading him last month for Mike Muscala, who had six points for the Lak er s.
Clippers: Luc Mbah a Moute warmed up before the game, but wasn’t quite ready to return from the left knee injury that has kept him out for 61 games since Oct. 23. Wilson Chandler (strained right quadriceps) also sat out . ... The 6-foot-1 Williams drove the paint and dunked in the first quart er.
Lak er s: Lan ce Stephenson (sprained toe) and Tyson Chandler (stiff neck) didn’t play. ... Lonzo Ball missed his 17th straight game with a sprained left ankle and bone bruise. He will be re-evaluated this week. ... LA Galaxy greats Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robbie Keane watched the game at courtside.
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