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Reggie Jackson scored 12 of his season-high 36 points in the fourth quarter while adding nine assists and eight rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers finished a four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers with a 132-111 win Thursday night.
For the Clippers, Ivica Zubak had 19 points and nine rebounds, taking control of the game-clinching victory and scoring 23 straight points in the first six minutes of the third quarter, their seventh overall victory over the Lakers.
The Clippers beat their crossover opponents 37-10 late 37-10 to claim their fifth straight victory in the last eight days, including two overs by the Lakers.
The victory was the latest in a series of ups and downs for the Clippers, who have won seven of their last eight without their three talented players: Kauhi Leonard, Paul George and Norman Powell.
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Although none of the three are expected to return, Jackson and a flamboyant cast of fans kept the clips on course for another play-off spot with a growing chance of avoiding a post-victory play-in tournament, which dragged them into a game. Seventh place is Minnesota.
“We’re on a mission,” Jackson said. “We wanted to stop. We are still a hungry bunch. … We feel like we are writing our own story. We know what the story is about with our boys. We try to do something special with it. Group. This is this group, ours. You have to write the story. “
Jackson is hampered by the legacy of four 3-point mares and Lakers defensemen, especially during the fourth-quarter display where part of the crowd clippers utter his name. After Jackson and former teammate Russell Westbrook squared off and exchanged words, Jackson earned one of many standing ovations by drilling a 3-pointer on Westbrook’s defense.
“He loves it,” Clippers coach Tyrone Lu said. “He loves the moment. He’s a great player. Sometimes we fall behind, but he keeps us together all year. But once that we got a set rotation and figured out how to play, those guys bought it, and that starts with our experience. It’s a team and that’s the kind of culture we’ve developed here.”
For the Lakers, LeBron James had 26 points and eight rebounds, dropping four. A proud franchise that started the season with championship aspirations is now two games clear of 11th-placed Portland with little reason to believe the spiral will end soon.
“We had a quarterback that killed us,” James said. “It was the second quarter. Today was the third quarter.
After scoring 14 points in a row late in the first half with only a three-point deficit, the Lakers became curiously restless early in the third half as the referees failed to commit a series of fouls on James and they could not contest the call.
Lakers coach Frank Vogel said, “We’re standing still and working.” “We won’t give up any exercise to get it right, but it didn’t materialize for us. We’re going to keep trying to find a way to win by getting Anthony (Davis) out. It’s not something we can’t do, but we haven’t found it yet. . “
Lakers: Tallinn Horton-Tucker sat out after spraining his ankle on Tuesday. He was listed as a potential player ahead of the game. … The Lakers used their 31st starting lineup of the season where Dwight Howard walked with Rocky Austin Reeves and owner Monk. … Wayne Gabriel hit a 3-pointer late in his Lakers debut. Los Angeles signed him on Tuesday.
Clippers: Nicholas Bottom appeared in the 900th NBA game of his career. … Louis had no update on George, Leonard and Powell’s injury recovery: “I don’t know. Sorry.” … Justin Bieber, Rami Malek, Sweety and UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesnia took part in the match.
He’s my DJ
DJ Augustine had three points and six assists in his debut for the Lakers, who on Tuesday signed the 14-year-old NBA veteran to deepen their backcourt. The Lakers are Augustine’s 11th NBA franchise; Houston pardoned him on February 11.
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