Last night’s matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers would mark the first of four games that these two teams would play against each other. But this game is special to the Laker Nation as this would be Lonzo Ball’s season debut. Ball was the second pick in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft and so much is expected of him due to his father, LaVar Ball. He would look to start off strong as they hosted the Clippers in the Staples Center.
During the first quarter of the game, the Clippers ended up shooting thirty-three percent from the field as a team while the Lakers shot twenty-seven percent from the field. Blake Griffin would start off strong as he heats up for thirteen points, shooting fifty-six percent from the field. He would also grab three defensive rebounds and one offensive rebound in the process of doing so. Danilo Gallinari would only shoot thirty-three percent from the field, scoring four points but he would manage to grab two rebounds as DeAndre Jordan would grab nine rebounds.
As for the Lakers, Larry Nance would drop six points while collecting two offensive rebounds and three defensive rebounds. Former New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets’ center Brook Lopez would chalk up five points, three coming from behind the arc and the other two coming from the free-throw line. Lonzo Ball would play for ten minutes only to be held scoreless but he did pull down five defensive rebounds as the Clippers ended the first quarter with a 27 to 19 lead.
The Los Angeles Lakers shot forty-six percent from the field in the second period, limiting the Los Angeles Clippers to thirty-eight percent. Jordan Clarkson would come off of the bench to score seven points while shooting sixty percent. He would also hit a three-pointer in the process of doing so while Brandon Ingram would score three points but he would only shoot twenty-five percent from the field. Lonzo Ball would knock down a three-pointer while going up for four defensive rebounds.
On the other end of the floor, Patrick Beverley would start to feel it as he chalks up seven points, hitting a three-pointer in the process. Jordan would continue to do work on the boards as he pulls down three offensive rebounds and four defensive rebounds. Griffin scored five additional points while grabbing three defensive rebounds as they close the first half with a 53-42 advantage.
During the third period, the Clippers sparked a large 34 to 21 run as they forty-eight percent from the field, limiting the Lakers to forty-one percent from the field. Blake Griffin would continue to impress as he drops nine points, three coming from beyond the arc. He would also collect four rebounds as Gallinari managed to connect for two three-pointers, giving himself six points. DeAndre Jordan would gather up six more rebounds as Beverley would connect for a three.
As for the Lakers, Lopez would shoot fifty percent from the field as he earned himself eight points. Clarkson ended up scoring four points as he also shot fifty percent from the field. Nance also put up four points but he would grab one offensive rebound and four defensive rebounds in the process of doing so. Lonzo Ball would be held scoreless in this quarter but he would manage to give out three assists as the Clippers ended the third quarter with an 87-63 lead.
The Lakers would make a 29 to 21 run in the fourth quarter as they shot fifty-two percent from the field, limiting the Clippers to only thirty-six percent. Rookie forward Kyle Kuzma would come off the bench to put up six points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. Brook Lopez would contribute with five points, earning three of them from the charity stripe. He also managed to grab four rebounds as Brandon Ingram would be limited to four points.
Former Miami Heat center Willie Reed would come off the Clippers’ bench to score six points as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field. Montrezl Harrell would earn four points off the bench as he also shot sixty-seven percent from the field. Sindarius Thornwell would knock down a three-pointer as Griffin and Jordan would be limited to two points each but it was still the Los Angeles Clippers escaping with a 108-92 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. Blake Griffin finished the game with twenty-nine points, twelve rebounds, and three assists while Brook Lopez would finish with twenty points, six rebounds, and two assists. Lonzo Ball would only score three points in his season debut as a Laker.