After the Clippers used a 22-0 second-half run to beat the undermanned Lakers 118-107 in the teams' first regular-season encounter, Harrell said the Clippers wanted to remind people that there was another team in Los Angeles besides the Lakers. "I thought they prepared for us pretty well", Clippers coach Doc Rivers told the Los Angeles Times. In 14 games this season, Rondo averaged 8 points, 4 rebounds, and almost 7 assists.
They did so as James was boarding a flight back to Los Angeles, after his teammates had headed north to Sacramento for Thursday's game.
"James wa" could do nothing but watch as his Lakers side were beaten by city rivals Los Angeles Clippers in Friday night's derby.
They showed some style, too: After Williams punctuated a decisive 3-pointer by mimicking Lakers guard Lance Stephenson's air guitar celebration of big shots, Montrezl Harrell grinningly waved on the boos in the final minute.
Fortunately for the Clippers, James isn't the only Laker out with an injury. "And we've been down bodies all year, different lineups", he said.
Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari right of Italy shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Tyson Chandler defends during the first half of
The Lakers (20-16) were also without guard Rajon Rondo for the second game in a row.
Williams, who sizzled off the bench with a 61% shooting clip (11-of-18), shot a ideal 3-of-3 from beyond the arc and 11-of-11 from the the free throw line.
"Lou has seen pretty much every defense you can throw at him", Rivers said. "Hopefully it is not a long thing and I can get back on the floor as soon as possible".
LeBron is now sidelined with a groin injury he suffered in the Lakers' win over the Warriors on Christmas Day, so he was out of action for Friday's game. We got to regroup.
Ball left last night's game with a cramp in his left calf but is still expected to play tonight against the Clippers. He played all 82 games for the first time in his career last season.
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