Kawhi Leonard of the Los Angeles Clippers dunks the ball in opposition to the Los Angeles Lakers throughout the first quarter at Staples Heart on April 04, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Katelyn Mulcahy / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Photographs through AFP)
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Clippers didn’t must lean closely on their celebrity duo in opposition to the defending NBA champions on Sunday, getting assist from their supporting forged in a 104-86 rout of the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers.
The Clippers acquired a game-high 22 factors from Marcus Morris whereas all-stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George completed with 19 and 16 factors respectively at Staples Centre area.
Luke Kennard tallied 15 factors off the bench and guard Rajon Rondo made his Clippers’ debut, enjoying 13 minutes within the win which comes in the midst of a nine-game homestand.
“We have been nice defensively. We set the tone early. We have been bodily and we acquired into our bodies,” stated Clippers coach Tyronn Lue.
Kennard and Terance Mann have stepped in properly to fill the void left by an harm to beginning guard Patrick Beverley. Mann completed with seven factors.
Lue was happy with what he noticed from Rondo who completed with two factors and two steals in restricted enjoying time.
“He going to be good for us in the long term. He makes the sport simpler. It’s simply good to see him on the market,” Lue stated.
Marc Gasol with 11 factors was the one starter to complete in double figures Sunday for the Lakers, who’re with out the injured LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
Reserve Montrezl Harrell scored a group excessive 19 for the Lakers who’ve misplaced six of their final 11 video games.
Daunting street journey
It doesn’t get any simpler for the Lakers. Sunday’s defeat was their ultimate dwelling recreation earlier than embarking on a five-game street journey that begins Tuesday in opposition to the Toronto Raptors, who crushed Golden State by 53 factors, 130-77 on Friday.
“We didn’t deal with their defensive stress nicely in any respect,” stated Lakers coach Frank Vogel of the Clippers. “We had a tricky capturing evening. Robust capturing evening on the rim, missed 9 layups and 21 photographs within the paint.”
The lack of James and Davis has jolted the Lakers season.
James has been out two weeks nursing a proper, high-ankle sprain suffered on March 20 in opposition to the Atlanta Hawks. Davis has missed over two dozen video games this season, the final 22 on account of a strained proper calf.
They tried to fill the void by signing centre Andre Drummond, however he has not performed since injuring his toe in his Laker debut final Wednesday.
Bulls cease Nets
Elsewhere, Zach LaVine scored a game-high 25 factors because the Chicago Bulls snapped a six-game shedding skid with a 115-107 win over the under-manned Brooklyn Nets in Chicago.
Tomas Satoransky completed with 19 factors and 11 assists, centre Nikola Vucevic tallied 22 factors and 13 rebounds for the Bulls who gave their playoff hopes a a lot wanted increase at United Heart area.
Tomas Satoransky of the Chicago Bulls shoots over Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets on the United Heart on April 04, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photograph by JONATHAN DANIEL / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Photographs through AFP)
Thaddeus Younger had 12 factors, Patrick Williams scored 11 and Daniel Theis added 10 for the Bulls, who overcame a gradual begin with a spirited second quarter through which they outscored the Nets 32-18.
With out injured starters Kevin Durant and James Harden, the Nets regarded out of types in having their four-game win streak halted. They dropped to 34-16 on the season.
The Nets had six gamers in double determine scoring together with Kyrie Irving, who completed with 24 factors and a season excessive 15 assists.
Jeff Inexperienced got here off the bench to attain 21 factors whereas LaMarcus Aldridge and Joe Harris scored 11 factors apiece and Blake Griffin and Bruce Brown every had 10.
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