Los Angeles — — LeBron James had 35 points and 11 rebounds, Austin Reeves He scored seven of his 15 points in overtime and Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles snapped an 11-game losing streak with a 130-125 win over the Clippers on Wednesday night.
D’Angelo Russell Score 27 points and Anthony Davis Had 27 points and 10 rebounds for the short-handed Lakers, who beat their local rivals for the first time since July 2020 in the Florida bubble. The 17-time NBA champion Lakers haven’t beaten the Clippers on the Lakers’ home court since Christmas 2016, going 11 as well.
“It was known,” Reeves said of the skid. “But at the same time, for me, and I (think) I speak for everybody, you want to win every game.”
with James Harden Watching in street clothes on Clipper’s bench, Kawhi Leonard He scored 38 points in their second loss of the young season. Paul George He scored 20 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter, including eight in the final minute, before fouling out 30 seconds into overtime.
“We played hard,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said. “We didn’t play smart at times. (Poor) shot selection, and (we need to) keep our turnovers down a little bit. I can’t fault the effort.”
Although the Lakers used only eight players due to five notable absences, they rallied from a 19-point deficit before blowing an eight-point lead in the final 90 seconds of regulation.
George, who had six 3-pointers, made three free throws with 17 seconds left to tie it. Russell had an open shot at the buzzer, but missed.
The Lakers took a five-point lead into overtime when Reaves stole the ball from Leonard, drove up the court and flailed an alley-oop to James for a one-handed slam with 2:12 left.
Leonard answered with a three-point play and his fifth 3-pointer, but Reaves made two free throws with 48 seconds left and Russell Westbrook Missed a 3-point attempt earlier Christian Wood He threw down a wicked putback dunk for the Lakers nine seconds into the game.
Westbrook scored 24 points against his former team.
James added 12 rebounds and seven assists in the 38-year-old’s latest standout game of his 21st NBA season. His Lakers have won two in a row since losing in overtime at Sacramento on Sunday night.
“It’s been a process this year for us to find each other as a group,” Lakers coach Darwin Hamm said.
PJ Tucker Played 21 scoreless minutes in his debut with the Clippers, who officially acquired him and Harden in a multi-player trade day with Philadelphia. Harden will ramp into shape four days before the Clippers’ next game, but the team is already confident in the 2018 MVP and Los Angeles native’s ability to mix with its three reigning Southern California-born superstars.
“It’s going to take a lot of sacrifice, whether it’s shots, whether it’s minutes,” Lue said. “They’re willing to do it.”
The Lakers’ bench was already thin in its absence Jared Vanderbilt, Rui Hashimura, Gabe Vincent androokie Jalen Hood-Schifino Before even starting forward The Taurian Prince Knee pain in warm-up. Hachimura entered the NBA’s concussion protocol after missing Monday’s game with an eye injury.
Leonard scored a career-high 18 points in the first quarter, hitting seven of his eight shots, including four 3-pointers. The Lakers pulled away for the next two quarters and eventually regained the lead late in the third.
“They dialed in, made sure they got to me, were in the gap,” Leonard said. “They’re not going to let anybody just keep going with the ball.”
George picked up his fifth foul early in the fourth quarter, but still turned in a great stretch effort.
Clippers: Monday at New York.
Lakers: Saturday at Orlando.
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