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The Lakers’ worst loss in franchise history, by the numbers


The Clippers beat the Lakers, 142-94, Thursday night – the biggest loss in Lakers history. In the spirit of Lakers schadenfreude, let’s dig a little deeper into the blowout:

  • 48 – Margin of victory/defeat, the largest for the Clippers/Lakers in each franchise’s history
  • 3 – Years since any team has been beaten so badly. The Lakers beat the Cavaliers, 112-57, in 2011.
  • 2 – Number of times any NBA team has outscored an opponent by at least 30 points in a quarter since 2001
  • 2 – Number of times the Clippers have outscored an opponent by at least 30 points in a quarter this season. They topped the Lakers 44-13 in the second quarter Thursday and the 76ers 46-15 in the first quarter Feb. 9
  • 31 – Lakers’ rebounding deficit, worst by any team this season
  • 4 – Double-doubles by the Clippers: Blake Griffin (20 points and 11 rebounds), Matt Barnes (17 points and 12 rebounds), DeAndre Jordan (14 points and 12 rebounds) and Chris Paul (13 points and 11 rebounds)
  • 4 – Points Clippers would have won by if the outputs of their two-leading scorers, Darren Collison (24 points) and Blake Griffin (20 points), were removed from the scoreboard
  • .339 – Lakers’ winning percentage after the loss. At 21-41, they’re on pace for their worst record since moving to Los Angeles.

PBT Extra bold prediction previews: Clippers ready to win West?

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With our PBT Extra videos, we are previewing the entire NBA by using bold predictions, starting in the Pacific Division (we already did the Warriors).

Some of those predictions come from fans on Twitter where I had sent out a request, including the bold prediction for the Clippers.

It could happen, they are certainly contenders. But two things need to happen.

The big one is their defense, which was middle of the pack last season, needs to move into the top 10 (and DeAndre Jordan needs to play consistently like a guy who is third in Defensive Player of the Year voting).

Second is the new and improved bench unit of Lance Stephenson, Josh Smith, and Jamal Crawford (he’s not new) need to mesh into a unit. Those are three guys who like to create for themselves and make questionable shot choices, getting them play well with others could be a bumpy road.

Stephen Curry gives high five while his shot is in air (video)

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Stephen Curry said the defending-champion Warriors would have no problem picking up where they left off.

His swagger certainly remains intact.