LOS ANGELES – The Lakers were the designated home team this time. That meant the Clippers had to put up with looking at all those championship banners and retired numbers that their co-tenant at the Staples Center has had hanging on the wall since the arena opened 15 seasons ago — and weren’t able to cover them up with banners of their own players.
Perhaps seeing all those reminders of the Lakers’ decades of success will be an inspiration to the Clippers about 6½ weeks from now, when they head into the playoffs without their intracity rivals — who are in danger of finishing with their worst record since moving to L.A. from Minneapolis in 1959.
Blake Griffin had 20 points and 11 rebounds during three thunderous quarters by the Clippers, who routed the Lakers 142-94 Thursday night to extend their winning streak to a season-best six games. It was the most lopsided victory ever for the Clippers’ franchise and the most one-sided loss in Lakers history.
“Since Day 1, there’s always going to be something to talk about since we both play here in this building. During the game, all the fans were yelling: ‘It’s still a Laker town.’ And it is — no secret,” Clippers point guard Chris Paul said. “But we just have to worry about us and keep playing. . . .”
Darren Collison had a team-high 24 points while starting at shooting guard for the injured Jamal Crawford. Paul added 13 points and 11 assists for the Clippers.
The previous record for worst loss by a Lakers squad was set on Jan. 9, 1995, when they fell 129-83 at Portland. The previous worst home loss was on Feb. 9, 1960, when Boston beat them 129-90.
“We got beat by 48. It’s not fun,” Lakers shooting guard Jodie Meeks said. “Regardless of whether it’s a record-breaking performance or not, it is still frustrating. . . . I do not think the Clippers are 48 points better than us.”
The Clippers’ have won six of the last seven meetings against their longtime tormentors, including a four-game sweep last season.
The Clippers had a 64-33 rebounding advantage.
This game reached blowout proportions early. The Clippers stormed to a 73-40 halftime lead. The arena started emptying after the third quarter ended 109-60.
Spurs 111, Heat 87
In San Antonio, Tim Duncan had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and the Spurs never trailed against Miami, weathering a sluggish third quarter for an intense and emotional victory.
Suns 128, Thunder 122
In Phoenix, Gerald Green scored 25 of his career-high 41 points in the third quarter and the Suns erased a 16-point deficit to beat Oklahoma City.