The Los Angeles Lakers didn’t have any time to breathe between losing to the Kings in buzzer-beater fashion, and their Friday night matchup with the Los Angeles Clippers. Less than 24 hours after suffering that heartbreaking loss to the Kings, the Lakers began a 4-game homestand as they tried to get their first win in LeBron’s absence.

Rondo will be needing surgery on his right hand again -- keeping him out for 4-5 weeks.

The Lakers were also without JaVale McGee and Rajon Rondo, after it was announced that Rondo will be needing surgery on his right hand again -- keeping him out for 4-5 weeks. The LakeShow was forced to make it click with their young squad.

The Lakers came alive in the second quarter and outscored the Clippers 31-23 to take a 3-point lead at halftime.

The Lakers struggled from the opening tip of this one, never truly taking control of this game throughout. The Lakers kept it a 5-point game after the first quarter as the Clippers got out to an early lead. The Lakers came alive in the second quarter and outscored the Clippers 31-23 to take a 3-point lead at halftime.

The Clippers then opened the final quarter with a 13-0 run and never looked back as they finished the game with a 118-107 victory.

The second half was looking good for the Lakers as their lead grew as high as 10 points, but a Clippers’ run to end the quarter gave the Clippers a 2-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. The Clippers then opened the final quarter with a 13-0 run and never looked back as they finished the game with a 118-107 victory.

Kyle Kuzma led the way for the Lakers for the second straight game, tallying 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the Lakers’ loss. Lonzo Ball added 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists, while Brandon Ingram recorded 17 points and 7 rebounds. Josh Hart (12 points) and KCP (14 points) also scored in double digits, while Tyson Chandler added 15 rebounds off the bench.

First Quarter:

The first two minutes consisted of a lot of missed shots by the Lakers and turnovers by the Clippers, but the Lakers drew first blood off a layup by Ingram. Ball also scored on a layup, but poor shooting followed as the Lakers went down 9-4 after 5 minutes of play.

Around 4 minutes left in the quarter, the Lakers were down 14-8

A couple of free throws by Ingram and a layup by Lonzo as both teams went quiet. Around 4 minutes left in the quarter, the Lakers were down 14-8, but started to hit some shots with a shot by Kuzma, a driving dunk by Ingram and driving layup by KCP.

KCP would hit the Lakers’ first three-pointer to bring the Clippers’ lead to just 2 points.

KCP would hit the Lakers’ first three-pointer to bring the Clippers’ lead to just 2 points. In the final minute of the quarter, KCP hit a couple of free throws and Stephenson nailed a long three-pointer as the Lakers found themselves down 5 points heading into the second quarter.

Q1 Score: Los Angeles Lakers 23 - 28 Los Angeles Clippers

Q1 MVP: Brandon Ingram (7 points, 3 rebounds)

Second Quarter:

The first minute of play consisted of free throws by both teams, but they would start to trade blows with a jumper by Kuzma and an and-one by Zubac. After two more free throws by Zubac, Kuzma scored again to bring the Clippers’ lead to just 1 again.

The Lakers would start a run of their own, scoring 9 unanswered points

The Lakers allowed 5 straight points, but got back on track with a shot by Kuzma. The Lakers would start a run of their own, scoring 9 unanswered points thanks to 4 free throws by Kuzma, a three-pointer by Hart and a jumper by Ingram to take a 3-point lead as we entered 2 minutes left in the half.

Despite allowing a super deep three from Lou Williams, the Lakers still had a 3-point advantage over the Clippers.

The Clippers would quickly take the lead again, but a 7-0 run by the Lakers gave them their largest lead of the game as Chandler finished 2 dunks and Ball converted on a deep three off a bank shot. Despite allowing a super deep three from Lou Williams, the Lakers still had a 3-point advantage over the Clippers.

Halftime Score: Los Angeles Lakers 54 - 51 Los Angeles Clippers

Halftime MVP: Kyle Kuzma (10 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists)

Third Quarter:

The Lakers opened the second half with a 7-0 run thanks to a jumper by Ball, three-pointer by Ingram and a driving layup by Kuzma. Josh Hart made a dunk and Ball hit a three as both teams went back and forth early in the third quarter. Hart connected on two more buckets to give the Lakers a 10-point lead with 7 minutes left in the quarter.

With just over 2 minutes remaining in the quarter, Stephenson nailed his second three-pointer of the game as the Lakers remained up by 7 points.

A small run by the Clippers would be stopped by a Lonzo Ball tip-shot, shortly followed by two free throws from Kuzma. Kuzma would strike again with a 17-foot jumper. With just over 2 minutes remaining in the quarter, Stephenson nailed his second three-pointer of the game as the Lakers remained up by 7 points.

The Clippers ended the quarter on a 9-0 run to take a 2-point lead heading into the final quarter.

Q3 Score: Los Angeles Lakers 80 - 82 Los Angeles Clippers

Q3 MVP: Lonzo Ball (7 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist)

Fourth Quarter:

The Clippers would continue their run into the fourth quarter, scoring the first 13 points of the quarter as the Lakers found it difficult to make anything happen. Tyson Chandler would hit a free throw, but it wasn’t until 4 minutes into the quarter that the Lakers would hit their first shot off a three-pointer by Hart.

With nearly 5 minutes remaining in the quarter, Luke Walton received a technical, and Hart received two technicals as the Lakers went down 16.

Another three by Ball shortly after would cut the deficit to 10, but back-to-back buckets by the Clippers extended their lead. Kuzma hit back-to-back buckets himself not long after. With nearly 5 minutes remaining in the quarter, Luke Walton received a technical, and Hart received two technicals as the Lakers went down 16. Hart was enraged that there was no call for Tobias Harris pushing off. Hart was ejected, and Walton received a technical but was not ejected.

In the final two minutes, KCP hit a three pointer, followed by a four-point play by KCP to end the game with the Lakers down 11.

A dunk by Kuzma, an and-one by Ingram and layup by Stephenson cut it down to single digits, but the Clippers wouldn’t let up. In the final two minutes, KCP hit a three pointer, followed by a four-point play by KCP to end the game with the Lakers down 11.

Final Score: Los Angeles Lakers 107 - 118 Los Angeles Clippers

Q4 MVP: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (7 points, 1 rebound)

A 24-1 run by the Clippers at the end of the third and beginning of the fourth made the difference tonight

The Lakers played well at times, but couldn’t stay consistent enough on defense to walk away with a victory. A 24-1 run by the Clippers at the end of the third and beginning of the fourth made the difference tonight as the Clippers ran away with an 11-point win over the Lakers.

The Lakers shot 41% from the field, 37% from long range, and 69% from the charity stripe. They added 50 rebounds, 8 offensive rebounds, 23 assists, 5 steals, 3 blocks, 17 turnovers, 17 fast break points, 44 points in the paint and 22 personal fouls.

The Lakers need to figure something out with 3 games left on this homestand before LeBron James returns. In his absence, the Lakers’ youth have a big chance at showing growth and have a big opportunity to shine.

The Lakers will host the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night as they look to snap this 2-game losing streak.

by Ryan Brennan

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