LOS ANGELES – – Terance Mann had 19 points and 10 rebounds, Amir Coffey added 12 of his 14 in the fourth quarter and the Los Angeles Clippers returned from the All-Star break with a 105-102 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers Friday. night.
Luke Kennard scored 18 points for the Clippers. They earned their sixth straight victory over the Lakers in the latest meeting between Los Angeles’ two underperforming and injury-plagued NBA franchises as they begin the next push to salvage their seasons.
The Clippers also edged the Lakers by one game in the loss column while claiming the win of the season in this local derby. Both advantages could be significant come playoff time for two teams that appear to be heading into the qualifying tournament if they make the playoffs.
Carmelo Anthony missed a long jumper with 4 seconds left and LeBron James missed a tied 3-point attempt at the buzzer for the Lakers, who lost five games under .500 with their fourth loss in five games.
James had 21 points and 11 rebounds while Anthony and Russell Westbrook scored 18 points apiece for the Lakers, who trailed 16 points late in the first half before taking a narrow lead for most of the game. of the fourth quarter. Anthony hit four 3-pointers in his first game since Feb. 3 after missing three weeks with a strained hamstring.
After Coffey’s free throws put the Clips in the lead with 1:05 left, the Lakers regained the lead on Austin Reaves’ two free throws, but Marcus Morris drilled a jumper under tight defense. After two long replays, the Clippers committed an 8-second violation with 17.8 seconds left, but Anthony missed a 3-pointer well behind the line with 4 seconds left.
Reggie Jackson had two free throws and James couldn’t tie with his last shot. Jackson scored 17 points for the Clippers, who won three of four before the break when they were likely without their top three players: Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and newly acquired Norman Powell.
Talen Horton-Tucker scored his 16 points in the second half, while Dwight Howard recorded season highs of 14 points and 16 rebounds as the Lakers began a new streak without Anthony Davis, who sprained his right foot in their last game before the break nine days ago. Davis will be out for at least a month after missing 21 of the Lakers’ first 58 games with other misfortunes.
The Lakers were down 49-33 with three minutes left in the first half, but rallied to take a 72-70 lead on Horton-Tucker’s 3-pointer with two minutes left in the third quarter.
Clippers: The City Rivals’ season streak ends Wednesday night with a Clippers home game.
Lakers: Reaves scored six points in his first career start. The undrafted Oklahoma rookie also catalyzed the Lakers’ biggest push when he spectacularly blocked Jackson’s shot in the third quarter. … They missed their first 10 3-point attempts, all in the first quarter.
Clippers: In Houston on Sunday night.
Lakers: Host New Orleans on Sunday night.