Eric Gordon scored 30 points, Blake Griffin had 18 points and 15 rebounds after a foul-plagued start, and the Clippers snapped the Lakers’ seven-game winning streak with a 99-92 victory yesterday at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Four players were ejected from this crosstown rivalry game after a scuffle under the basket with 5.7 seconds to play.
After Lamar Odom grabbed Griffin’s jersey while fighting for a rebound, Baron Davis intervened and shoved Odom firmly in the chest, leading to more shoves. Odom, Griffin, Davis, and Ron Artest were ejected after the officials conferenced, a decision that visibly baffled Griffin and Artest.
Kobe Bryant had 27 points and nine rebounds and Andrew Bynum added 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Lakers, who couldn’t keep up with the young Clippers in the fourth quarter.
Davis had 14 points and eight assists as the Clippers won for the fourth time in five games with yet another strong performance against the NBA’s elite. Four days after beating Miami, the Clippers trailed by 12 points late in the third quarter before making a 16-3 run, taking the lead with 4:09 left on Griffin’s layup while getting fouled.
Spurs 110, Nuggets 97 — Tony Parker scored 30 points for host San Antonio, which won its sixth straight in cruising over Denver.
The Spurs (35-6) reach the season’s midway mark tied for the third-best first half in NBA history.
Carmelo Anthony scored only 12 points on 5-of-17 shooting as rumors of his imminent trade slightly cooled.