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Lakers snap numerous losing streaks with Christmas win over short-handed Clippers

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Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young scores as Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan looks on during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)


Luke Walton gave the Lakers Christmas Eve off.

The Clippers took the third quarter of their Christmas Day off.

Playing with an umatched enthusiasm, the Lakers surged to a 13-0 run after halftime and added a 9-0 run later in the third period to beat the Clippers, 111-102.

Chris Paul missed the game with a hamstring injury after planning earlier in the day to play, and Blake Griffin was also out. The Clippers fall to 2-8 without neither Paul nor Griffin, including a pair of losses to the Trail Blazers in last year’s playoffs, since trading for Paul in 2011. Heck, the Clippers even lost tonight’s leading scorer – J.J. Redick, whose 22 points matched Jamal Crawford’s – to a sore hamstring in the third quarter.

But the Lakers surely won’t complain about any win at this stage. The victory snapped multiple losing streaks:

  • Four straight and 12 of 13 overall
  • 11 straight and 15 of 16 against the Clippers
  • Three straight and six of seven on Christmas

The Lakers’ veterans sealed the deal. Timofey Mozgov (19 points on 8-of-11 shooting) was a formidable threat from mid-range. Nick Young (19 points on 5-of-7 3-point shooting) got hot from beyond the arc. Luol Deng (13 points and 12 rebounds, five offensive) was unstoppable on the offensive glass when matched up with perimeter players.