Griffin leads Clippers in 123-87 blowout of Lakers

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 11, 2014 at 1:34 am •  Published: January 11, 2014
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Clippers' 13-point loss to the Lakers on opening night in October? Blake Griffin remembers it well, especially the 14 3-pointers and the 76 points the Lakers' bench hung on his team.

Payback came Friday night, with Griffin getting 33 points and 12 rebounds in a 123-87 victory that was the Clippers' largest ever over the Lakers.

"They just killed us," Lakers guard Nick Young said.

Darren Collison had 20 points and seven assists, J.J. Redick added 19 points in his return, and DeAndre Jordan had 13 points and 10 rebounds in the Clippers' third straight win and fifth in six games. They improved to 17-3 at home, second-best in the NBA.

"We got after it, especially on the defensive end," Collison said. "That helped us on the break."

The Clippers' previous biggest win over the Lakers was 31 points on Feb. 19, 1992. That Lakers team included James Worthy, Byron Scott and A.C. Green.

"Everybody knows the Lakers are going to come back strong," Collison said. "That's still a good team to me."

Kendall Marshall scored 16 points, and Wesley Johnson and Robert Sacre added 14 points each for the Lakers, who have lost four straight and 10 of 11. Pau Gasol had 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists. The Lakers shot 34 percent and had 21 turnovers that led to 37 points by the Clippers.

"It was a painful loss and somewhat embarrassing as a player," Gasol said.

Both teams were missing their resident superstars: Chris Paul has a separated right shoulder and Kobe Bryant has a fractured left knee, his second major injury this season.

"None of us can replace CP," Griffin said. "We need it from everybody. It's almost a mental thing, being more locked in."

Things sure have changed since that October night.

The Clippers under new coach Doc Rivers are fourth in the Western Conference standings; the injury-riddled Lakers are mired near the bottom under Mike D'Antoni.

"Right now, it seems like teams are playing with too much confidence," Gasol said. "They're taking for granted that the Lakers are just an easy game, that they're going to come out and are just going to score 120-130 points, everybody's going to get their points, and it's going to be a wonderful night. We've just got to cut that out somehow."

The Lakers were so short-handed they had to re-insert starters Johnson and Sacre in the fourth, when the teams' second units matched up as fans began leaving Staples Center in droves. Marshall rolled his ankle in the third, but stayed in the game.

"I just tried to tip the ball in and I came down on Collison's foot," he said. "If I felt like I was hurting the team, then I would have sat down. But I was perfectly fine."

The Clippers opened the game shooting a season-best 71 percent while scoring 43 points, most in a quarter this season. Redick scored eight of their first 12 points after missing 21 games with a broken right hand and torn ligament in his wrist.

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