4/4/21/ LOS ANGELES, CA - The Staples Center was the site for a crosstown rivalry matchup between the third-place Los Angeles Clippers (33-18) and the fourth-place Los Angeles Lakers ( 31-19) on Easter Sunday.
The Clippers were able to beat the Lakers easily 104-86. Marcus Morris Sr. led the Clippers in scoring with 22 points, Kawhi Leonard 19 points, Paul George 16 points, and Luke Kennard 15 points.
Montrezl Harrell led the Lakers in scoring with 19 points, Talen Horton-Tucker 16 points, Marc Gasol with 11 points, and Kyle Kuzman held to just 6 points.
This game was the second meeting between the two teams since they first met on December 22, 2020. A game in which the Clippers were also victorious
The Lakers would be without LeBron James (ankle injury) and Anthony Davis ( Achilles injury) in the rematch. Going into Sunday's game, the Clippers were 6-2 against divisional opponents while the Lakers were 20-10 overall in Western Conference matchups.
The Clippers scored first in the opening quarter after Marcus Morris Sr. 16-foot jumper gave them a 2-0 lead. Later during the quarter, the Clippers took an 18-7 lead after Kawhi Leonard intercepted a pass on the Lakers end of the court and took it all the way home for a slam dunk.
The first quarter ended with a missed free throw by the Lakers Kyle Kuzma and Alex Caruso's fantastic block on Rajon Rondo. The Clippers led at the end of the quarter 27-20.
Montrezl Harrel made a layup that had the Lakers down 32-24. The Clippers would continue their dominance over the Lakers in the second quarter, after Paul George made a shot from behind the arc, to give the Clippers a ten-point lead, 36-26.
George gave the Clippers their largest lead during the game (12 points) after a couple of free throws that made the score 38-26.
It was evident at this point of the game that the Lakers were missing their two superstars LeBron James, and Anthony Davis. Morris Sr. three-point shot gave the Clippers a commanding seventeen-point lead, 47-30 with 3:36 remaining in the second quarter. The Clippers lead at halftime 53-38.
The Lakers defense could not adjust to the Clipper's dominance in the 2nd half. Leonard's three-pointer with 4:09 left in the third quarter extended the Clippers' lead to 70-47.
The Clippers maintained their dominance over the Lakers in the fourth quarter after Luke Kennard's three-point shot put the Clippers up 92-74 with 4:24 left in the game.
Alex Caruso's three-pointer had the Lakers down 102-85 with 1:34 left in the game. The Lakers' overall play was sluggish and out of sync. They had no sense of urgency for the Clippers the entire game.
On the other hand, everything went right for the Clippers on both sides of the court as they went on to beat the Lakers 104-86.
The Clippers will now face the Portland Trailblazers on Tuesday night, and the Lakers will fly to take on the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday. For more photos from this game, click on the link below. #nba #lacliipers #lalakers #losangelesclippers #losangeleslakers #paulgeorge #montrezlharrell #marcusmorrissr #tgsportstv1