The Los Angeles Lakers were held to three points in the final four minutes, 57 seconds in a 111-106 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday, their seventh loss in their last 10 Christmas Day games.
A dunk by Anthony Davis off an assist by LeBron James gave the Lakers a 103-101 lead with 4:58 to play. However, the Lakers missed eight of their next nine shots, including all seven 3-point attempts, and one of two free throws as their losing streak was extended to a season-high four games.
James had a potentially tying 3-point shot blocked by Patrick Beverley with 3.6 seconds remaining. The ball was initially ruled to have gone out of bounds off Beverley, but a video review reversed the call, giving the ball to the Clippers.
Paul George made two free throws with 1.9 seconds left for the game’s final points to seal the victory for the Clippers (23-10) before a sold-out crowd at Staples Center announced at 18,997 for the Lakers home game.
Kawhi Leonard led four Clippers in double figures with 35 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, making two of three shots, including a 3-point basket, and all six free throws. He also pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds, as the Clippers out-rebounded the Lakers 50-42.
Kyle Kuzma led four Lakers (24-7) in double figures with 25 in 27:28 off the bench. Davis added 24, four in the fourth quarter, and James 23, 11 in the fourth quarter.
Beverley had the game’s best plus/minus, with the Clippers outscoring the Lakers by 26 in his 31:33 on the court.
Kuzma had the Lakers’ best plus/minus at plus-10. Only two other Lakers had positive plus/minus figures — Kentavious Caldwell-Pope at plus-6 in 28:48 off the bench and James at plus-3.
Davis had the game’s worse plus/minus at minus-10.
The Clippers made 39 of 85 shots, 45.9%, including nine of 25 3-point shots, 36%. The Lakers made 39 of 96, 40.6%, including 12 of 45 3-point shots, 26.7%. The Clippers made 24 of 32 free throws, 75%, the Lakers 16 of 21, 76.2 percent.
James had a game-high 10 assists and was one rebound short of his eight triple-double of the season. James leads the NBA in assists, averaging 10.6 per game.
James and Davis were both listed as questionable. James did not play in Sunday’s 128-104 loss to the Denver Nuggets because of a thoracic muscle strain, the first game he missed this season.
Davis has what the team described as right knee soreness. The 6-foot-10-inch forward tweaked his right knee during Sunday’s game.
The Lakers played on Christmas Day for the 21st consecutive year and sought to increase their NBA-record 23 Christmas Day victories, one more than the New York Knicks, who were idle Wednesday.
The Lakers have played on Christmas 46 times, second-most in NBA history, behind the Knicks, who have played on Christmas 53 times.
The last time the Lakers didn’t play on Christmas was in 1998 when the owners’ lockout of the players delayed the start of the season until February.
This was the Clippers’ first Christmas Day game since 2016 and 16th in their 50 seasons. They are 7-9 on Christmas Day.
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