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.
Stephen Curry has reached the transcendent point in his career. We’re now talking about if he has passed LeBron James as the best player on the planet (he has), and we’re starting to think about his legacy as the perfect point guard for a modern NBA small-ball, space-and-pace offense. Plus he’s just a joy to watch play.
“I don’t know – it’s a chicken and egg kind of conversation,” Curry said while laughing.
“We both have a creative style, a feel when you are out on the pitch or the court. I’m trying to do some fancy things out there with both hands, making crossover moves and having a certain flair to my game and that’s definitely the style Messi has when he is out there in his matches.”
I love Curry, but Messi is the bigger international star.
But I love the comparison in terms of the must-watch nature of the two stars, the flair in their games, the sense that you have to keep an eye on them at all times because the spectacular could happen any time they touch the ball. When the ball comes to them, everybody leads forward in their chairs. That is the sign of a real superstar.
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