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

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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.