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Three observations from Lakers’ loss to the Clippers

The Los Angeles Lakers (22-25) hosted the Los Angeles Clippers (25-24) on Tuesday. The Lakers wanted to extend their winning streak to three games. The Clippers wanted to extend their winning streak to three games, as well. But the black jerseys lit the Purple and Gold up from deep en route to a wire-to-wire victory, 133-115.

LeBron James scored 46 points on 16-for-29 shooting, including 9-for-14 from beyond the arc, with 8 rebounds and 7 assists.

Russell Westbrook scored 17 points on 4-for-13 shooting and dished five assists.

Paul George scored 27 points on 11-for-20 shooting and pulled down 9 rebounds.

Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points on 11-for-16 shooting and grabbed 9 rebounds.

Here are three observations from the Lakers’ loss.

The Clippers’ three-point shooting in the first half was the grand separator

The proverbial away team shot 15-for-22 from three in the first half. Fifteen makes is a great total for a whole game, but the Clippers accomplished that in just 24 minutes.

There was some incredible shotmaking, as there usually has to be when you hit 15 triples in a half. However, the Lakers’ transition defense was absolutely dreadful. All half, it felt like the Clippers were one or two passes away from an open three. That’s quite difficult to do against a set defense; there just isn’t enough space on the court for that.

But, you look at the court and you often see a five-on-four push for the Clippers. It then occurs to you that someone — whether it be James, Westbrook, or someone else — is either sulking on the floor after blowing a layup or slumping shoulders in disgust at a bad possession.

The Lakers don’t have to like what happened on their end of the floor. But letting that affect their urgency to get back on defense isn’t making anything better. They surely aren’t going to win the sympathy of officials doing that. That’s simply amateur behavior, and good offenses will crush them if they don’t match them step for step in transition.

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