In the first Battle for L.A. of the season, the Lakers took the court without their leader Kobe Bryant and came out to prove that they are still a team to be reckoned with, while the new-look Clippers looked to get their season off to a strong start with new head coach Doc Rivers.
Fueled by a strong performance from their bench (Lakers’ 76 bench points were the most for the club since April 1988) and more off the home crowd, the Lakers stunned the Clippers by a score of 116-103. Xavier Henry led all scorers with 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting in his Lakers debut. Jordan Farmar brought energy and added 16 points, while Jodie Meeks scored nine of his 13 points in the fourth quarter.
The Lakers’ 41-point fourth quarter was downright stunning, but the identities of the players responsible for this exciting, free-flowing opener were even more jaw-dropping.
Here are the full highlights from last nights game.