Lakers Beat the Clippers and Confirm Their Dominance in the West

Anthony Davis (3) of the Los Angeles Lakers. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Lakers confirmed they are currently the most dominant team in the West and probably in the NBA with another statement win. Lakers faced their cross-town rivals Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night and finished the contest on the winning end of a 112-103 result.

The Lakers entered the game riding a three-game win streak which included a huge victory over Milwaukee Bucks, who boost the NBA’s best record. Clippers, on the other hand, won the last six and also played in front of the home crowd.

The first half ended with the Clippers having a lead, which at one point got to nine. However, the Lakers responded with a huge third quarter, in which they outscored the opponent by eight and seized the control of the game. Clippers came close to pull off a comeback a few times, but Lakers held their ground and got a big win.

The Lakers were led by LeBron James, who has been playing on an MVP level in recent weeks. James had 28 points, seven rebounds, and nine assists, while also contributing on the defensive end of the ball. 

“His best weekend in a Lakers uniform I’m assuming,” said Lakers’ head coach Frank Vogel after the game. “I wasn’t here last year, but, in my mind, this was the best two-game stretch. Really just dominated both games and helped close them out.”

Besides James, Anthony Davis with 30 points and eight rebounds and Avery Bradley with 24 points also did their part. No other Laker has had more than nine players.

Clippers, on the other hand, saw the biggest contribution from their two All-Stars Paul George and Kawhi Leonard. George had 31 points and three steals while Leonard scored 27 points.

Lakers, who already clinched a playoff spot, remain first in the West with 49-13 record. Clippers are second seed with 43-20 record.