Ever since the 2009-2010 season, many basketball fans have wondered if the Clippers are now the primary basketball team for Los Angeles, considering the fact that the purple and gold haven’t won a NBA title since then. But even though the Clippers have been to the Playoffs a total of 12 times, they have yet to win a NBA title for the city, or even go as far as making an appearance in the Western Conference Finals.
The matchup in Los Angeles, California, tonight will mark the fourth and final meeting between these two clubs. But let’s take a quick look at the previous match-ups between these two teams this season: On Christmas Day, the Lakers would beat the Clippers 111 to 102. On January 14, the Clippers would get their revenge by owning the Lakers, 113-97. They would do the same thing on March 21, delivering the 133-109 blowout to the Lakers. The 21-55 Los Angeles Lakers would take on the 47-31 Los Angeles Clippers today at 3:30 p.m. to bring an end to the series. The Los Angeles Clippers would take a 28 to 22 lead in the first quarter as JJ Redick, who leads the team in three-point percentage (42%), goes for nine points including three 3-pointers. DeAndre Jordan would go to grab seven rebounds while Blake Griffin goes 1 for 2 from the field. Griffin would score 12 points and one 3-pointer in the second quarter but Julius Randle would help the Lakers go on a 28-27 run as he goes for 11 points including one 3-pointer. But, regardless, the Clippers would still head into the locker room with a 55 to 50 lead at the half. In the third quarter, Lob City would go on a huge 38 to 22 run, as Chris Paul would score 14 points, shooting 75% from the field. Blake Griffin would help the team out, as well, by knocking down a pair of 3-pointers and walking into the fourth quarter with a 93 to 72 lead for the team. The Lakers would try to fight back, though, in the final quarter by going on a 32-22 run. Brandon Ingram would go for ten points but it wasn’t enough as the Clippers easily seal the deal, 115 to 104. Blake Griffin ended the game with 36 points as he becomes the first player in Clippers history to score 10,000 career points while the Lakers would deal with being eliminated from the Playoffs for a fourth straight season.