Clippers 142, Lakers 94 (end of regulation)
The Clippers dismantled the Lakers, embarrassing the 16-time championship franchise with a 48-point thrashing — the worst defeat in Lakers’ history.
While the Lakers stayed within two points after a quarter, they completely collapsed through the second and third, getting outscored, 80-33. As the fourth quarter played out, Staples Center grew emptier by the minute as fans left en masse.
The 48-point loss surpasses the previous mark of 46 points in a 129-83 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Jan. 9, 1995. The previous worst home loss in franchise history was 39 points — 129-90 — against the Boston Celtics on Feb. 9, 1960.
Clippers reserve point guard Darren Collison, starting for the injured J.J. Redick (back) and Jamal Crawford (shin), led all scorers with 24 points.
Four Clippers finished with double-doubles: Blake Griffin, who scored 20 points with 11 rebounds and 11 assists; Chris Paul (13 points, 11 assists); DeAndre Jordan (14 points, 12 rebounds); former Laker Matt Barnes, who finished with 17 points, 12 rebounds and five assists.
Meanwhile the Lakers shot 39.5% from the field, had 22 turnovers and were outrebounded, 64-33. Los Angeles Times
I was in the middle of proofreading a post when I decided to check Twitter so my brain wouldn’t spaz out. It was at that time that I came across this tweet from Baller Mind Frame’s Zach Oliver.
Amendment to shorten this game to three quarters…
— Bow Tie Killa (@ZachOliverNBA) March 7, 2014
That was weird. What the hell is he talking about? Then I decided to the #Clippers tag and come across a great television production moment.
— Ruben Ibarra (@chicitybulls09) March 7, 2014
Aren’t the TNT guys amazing? That was like a movie!
Also, that score didn’t seem real. I had a few beers earlier in the night so maybe I imagined it. I rewatched it a few times looking for some weird alteration at the bottom. Nothing. It was legit. It’s still kinda hard to believe. The tweets in the rubble of this blowout are jarring.
Crazy Stat of the Day: Clippers outscored Lakers 77-35 (+42) with DeAndre Jordan on the court. BTW, he only played 22 minutes.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 7, 2014
The Lakers lose by 48 to the Clippers…. pic.twitter.com/TSPfzGxrEB
— MVP Magazine (@MVP_247) March 7, 2014
These are dark times in Lakerland. It will improve down the road but no time in the near future. – AL
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