LOS ANGELES – The Clippers’ 13-point loss to the Lakers on opening night in October? Blake Griffin remembers it well, especially the 14 3-pointers and the 76 points the Lakers’ bench hung on his team.
Payback came Friday night, with Griffin getting 33 points and 12 rebounds in a 123-87 victory that was the Clippers’ largest ever over the Lakers.
“They just killed us,” Lakers guard Nick Young said.
Darren Collison had 20 points and seven assists, J.J. Redick added 19 points in his return, and DeAndre Jordan had 13 points and 10 rebounds in the Clippers’ third straight win and fifth in six games. They improved to 17-3 at home, second-best in the NBA.
“We got after it, especially on the defensive end,” Collison said. “That helped us on the break.”
The Clippers’ previous biggest win over the Lakers was 31 points on Feb. 19, 1992. That Lakers team included James Worthy, Byron Scott and A.C. Green.
“Everybody knows the Lakers are going to come back strong,” Collison said. “That’s still a good team to me.”
Kendall Marshall scored 16 points, and Wesley Johnson and Robert Sacre added 14 points each for the Lakers, who have lost four straight and 10 of 11. Pau Gasol had 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists. The Lakers shot 34 percent and had 21 turnovers that led to 37 points by the Clippers.
“It was a painful loss and somewhat embarrassing as a player,” Gasol said.
Both teams were missing their resident superstars: Chris Paul has a separated right shoulder and Kobe Bryant has a fractured left knee.
“None of us can replace CP,” Griffin said. “We need it from everybody. It’s almost a mental thing, being more locked in.”
Things sure have changed since that October night.
The Clippers under new coach Doc Rivers are fourth in the Western Conference standings; the injury-riddled Lakers are mired near the bottom under Mike D’Antoni.
“Right now, it seems like teams are playing with too much confidence,” Gasol said. “They’re taking for granted that the Lakers are just an easy game, that they’re going to come out and are just going to score 120-130 points, everybody’s going to get their points, and it’s going to be a wonderful night. We’ve just got to cut that out somehow.”
The Lakers were so short-handed they had to re-insert starters Johnson and Sacre in the fourth, when the teams’ second units matched up as fans began leaving Staples Center in droves.
Nets 104, Heat 95 (2OT)
In New York, Joe Johnson scored 32 points, Shaun Livingston helped Brooklyn dominate the second overtime after LeBron James fouled out, and the Nets beat the Heat for their fifth straight victory.
Warriors 99, Celtics 97
In Oakland, California, Stephen Curry hit a go-ahead jumper with 2.1 seconds left.
Hawks 83, Rockets 80
In Atlanta, Kyle Korver scored 20 points, including four free throws in the final 16 seconds, and the Hawks fought off Houston’s late comeback.
Pistons 114, 76ers 104
In Philadelphia, Josh Smith had 22 points in an outstanding all-around game, Brandon Jennings made four 3-pointers in the second half and Detroit snapped a six-game losing streak with a comeback victory.
T-Wolves 119, Bobcats 92
In Minneapolis, Nikola Pekovic scored 26 points in 27 minutes and the Timberwolves blew off some steam by beating Charlotte.
Mavericks 107, Pelicans 90
In New Orleans, Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points, Monta Ellis added 23 and Dallas sent the short-handed Pelicans to their fourth straight loss.
Pacers 93, Wizards 66
In Indianapolis, David West scored 20 points and C.J. Watson had 16, leading the Pacers to a win over the Wizards.
Grizzlies 104, Suns 99
In Memphis, Mike Conley matched his career high with 31 points, and the Grizzlies used a fourth-quarter burst to overtake the Suns.
Bulls 81, Bucks 72
In Milwaukee, Carlos Boozer had 19 points and 13 rebounds in his first game back from a right knee injury, Mike Dunleavy Jr. added 18 points and the Bulls beat the Bucks.
Cavaliers 113, Jazz 102
In Salt Lake City, Kyrie Irving had 25 points and eight assists to lead Cleveland over Utah in Luol Deng’s first game with the Cavaliers.
Kings 103, Magic 83
In Sacramento, DeMarcus Cousins had 24 points and 14 rebounds, and Rudy Gay added 22 points and 10 rebounds.