By GREG BEACHAM, AP Athletics Author
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Reggie Jackson scored 12 of his time-higher 36 factors in the fourth quarter whilst adding nine assists and eight rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers accomplished a 4-video game season sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers with a 132-111 victory Thursday night time.
Ivica Zubac experienced 19 details and 9 rebounds for the Clippers, who seized regulate of the sweep-clinching victory and their seventh straight get around the Lakers in general by scoring 23 consecutive points through the very first 6 minutes of the 3rd quarter.
The Clippers outscored their cross-hallway rivals 37-10 late into the third ahead of coasting to their fifth consecutive victory in the past eight times, like two more than the Lakers.
Jackson strike 4 3-tips and ashamed a succession of Lakers defenders, significantly in a fourth-quarter exhibit that had the Clippers’ portion of the crowd chanting his title. Soon after Jackson and Russell Westbrook clashed and exchanged words and phrases, Jackson responded by drilling a 3-pointer around Westbrook’s defense to make one particular of numerous standing ovations.
LeBron James had 26 points and eight rebounds for the Lakers, who have dropped 4 straight and seven of eight to fall a season-worst 8 video games beneath .500 (27-35). A happy franchise that commenced the time with championship aspirations is now two video games ahead of 11th-position Portland with tiny motive to assume its spiral will conclude shortly.
The victory was the most current in a torrid stretch for the Clippers, who have gained 7 of their very last eight with no probable their three most talented players: Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Norman Powell.
Whilst none of the trio is considered to be near to returning, Jackson and a gritty supporting solid have held the Clips on keep track of for yet another playoff berth with an rising possibility to steer clear of the perform-in event following this victory, which pulled them within one game of seventh-put Minnesota.
Immediately after scoring 14 consecutive factors to near the very first 50 % with only a three-level deficit, the Lakers curiously became discombobulated early in the third after the referees failed to give a continuation foul to James and they were unable to problem the contact.
Lakers: Talen Horton-Tucker sat out right after spraining his ankle Tuesday. He was shown as possible ahead of the video game. … The Lakers utilized their 31st starting lineup of the period with Dwight Howard relocating in together with rookie Austin Reaves and Malik Monk. … Wenyen Gabriel strike a late 3-pointer in his Lakers debut. Los Angeles signed him Tuesday.
Clippers: Nicolas Batum appeared in his 900th vocation NBA match. … Mentor Tyronn Lue had no updates on the injuries recoveries of George, Leonard and Powell: “I you should not know. Sorry.” … Justin Bieber, Rami Malek, Saweetie and UFC middleweight winner Israel Adesanya attended the game.
D.J. Augustin experienced a few factors and 6 assists in his debut with the Lakers, who signed the 14-yr NBA veteran Tuesday to bolster their backcourt depth. The Lakers are Augustin’s 11th NBA franchise Houston waived him Feb. 11.
Lakers: Host Warriors on Saturday.
Clippers: Host Knicks on Sunday.
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