April 6, 2009

Lakers Survive Clippers Scare

Geez, the Los Angeles Lakers must be bored this time of the season.

The Lakers were up by 19 early in the fourth quarter, but they became listless the rest of the way. This let the Los Angeles Clippers go on a 18-0 burst to cut the lead to one point a couple of minutes left in the game. Thanks to free throws by Derek Fisher, Kobe Bryant and a clutch layup by Pau Gasol in the final minute, the Lakers escaped with a 88-85 victory.

The game was supposed to be bench practice for the Lakers as the reserves got extended playing time in the first half. Heck, even DJ Mbenga took a 3-ball attempt! But the Clippers, led by Eric Gordon, Baron Davis, and Fred Jones made a game out of the match and breathed down the Lakers necks. It went down to the last possession and, in true Clippers fashion, Davis clanged an ill-advised off-balance 3 at the buzzer.

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