NBA Returns as Lakers Edge Clippers 103 – 101
The NBA is back. The Lakers squeezed past the Clippers 103 – 101 in a Los Angeles rivalry played out in the Orlando bubble.
Given the positions of both teams, this game was potentially a warm up for the first playoff meeting between them.
Earlier this week, Hall of Famer Charles Barkley cited Anthony Davis as the difference between the two Los Angeles teams.
So it proved, with Davis scoring 34 points to help the Lakers edge an up-and-down game.
The Lakers are now 6.5 games ahead of the Clippers at the top of the Western Conference. With seven games remaining, they’re set up for a Championship run.
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As for the experience of playing without the fans, the players were positive about it postgame.
“It felt like a real game to me, two teams battling. … Can’t complain for the first game,” Davis said.
Losing the game in the dying seconds will feel like a punch in the gut for the Clippers. Coach Doc Rivers was introspective about the result.
“We can’t have self-inflicted wounds and I thought we had too many of them,” he said.
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