NBA wrap: Clippers bench overwhelms Lakers for win

The Clippers and Lakers met for the first time this season Friday and the Clipps came out on top with a 118-107 victory.

The Lakers were missing their ringleader LeBron James because of a groin injury he suffered Tuesday. He is the team’s closer, and the Lakers struggled to finish the game without him.

Quite a few Clippers had cold shooting nights, but Lou Williams wasn’t one of them. Williams is constantly in the running for sixth man of the year, and he showcased why Friday. Williams led all scorers with 36 points off the bench. As a whole, the Clippers subs amassed a staggering 71 points, trumping the Lakers’ total of 36.

Kyle Kuzma led the Lakers in scoring with 24 points.

The Lakers (20-16) fell to seventh in the Western Conference standings with the loss while the Clippers (21-14) are in fourth.

Studs of the Night

Nikola Vucevic scored 30 points and snagged 20 rebounds in the Magic’s 116-87 trouncing of the Raptors.

Bradley Beal had 34 points and made four 3-pointers as the Wizards fell short to the Bulls 101-92.

Anthony Davis scored 48 points on 20-of-32 shooting accompanied by 17 rebounds helping the Pelicans beat the Mavericks 114-112.

Duds of the Night

Langston Galloway was held scoreless on 0-of-6 shooting in the Pistons’ 125-88 loss to the Pacers.

Marvin Williams scored six points on 2-of-10 shooting in the Hornets’ 100-87 victory over the Nets.


Dennis Smith Jr. dropped the hammer on Julius Randle’s head in the Mavericks’ loss to the Pelicans.

Lauri Markkanen rose for this baseline slam in a big Bulls win.

What’s Next?

Warriors (23-13) at Trail Blazers (20-15) 10 p.m. ET — Golden State is still near the top of the Western Conference, but has lost two games straight. Portland handed the Warriors a 110-109 overtime loss in Oracle Arena on Thursday, so the Dubs will have a chance to avenge themselves this time around.