Clippers win battle of LA: Lou Williams scored a season-high 36 points, and the Los Angeles Clippers scored 22 consecutive points during the second half Friday night to beat the Lakers. The Clippers have won 22 of their last 25 meetings with the Lakers, yet still trail the 16-time NBA champions 146-70 in the overall series.
At the final buzzer, the boos of Lakers fans echoed through the arena.
“I love it,” said Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell told ESPN after hearing the boos. “Because they already don’t recognize us as a socalled L.A. team, but we don’t really care about that. But we want y’all to know that we’re the LA Clippers. That means Los Angeles Clippers, man. So there’s two teams in L.A.”
The Lakers were without LeBron James (strained groin), Rajon Rondo (finger surgery) and JaVale McGee (ill). The remaining Lakers lost for the fifth time in seven games.
Friday highights: Russell Westbrook scored 40 points, 15 in the game’s final 6 minutes to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 118-102 victory over Phoenix. … Anthony Davis hit a go-ahead, fall-away jumper with 43.9 seconds left and scored a season-high 48 points to lift the New Orleans Pelicans over the Mavericks 114-112. Luka Doncic hit 7 of 10 3-pointers for the Mavericks and finished with 34 points. … Jamal Murray scored 31 points, Monte Morris hit two big free throws with 7.2 seconds remaining and the Denver Nuggets held off the San Antonio Spurs 102-99 to extend its home winning streak to eight in a row. … Nikola Vucevic had 30 points and 20 rebounds and the Orlando Magic snapped a four-game losing streak with a 11687 rout of the Toronto Raptors.