NBA wrap: Lakers fall back in playoff race with loss to Clippers

The Lakers are facing an uphill battle.

The Lakers entered Monday’s matchup looking to move back into playoff contention against the Clippers, but fell short 113-105.

Despite a 27 point, eight rebound and six assist performance from LeBron James and a triple-double from Rajon Rondo, the Lakers were just outmatched.

Brandon Ingram did not play in the contest because of a shoulder injury.

Danilo Gallinari led the way for the Clippers with 23 points while Lou Williams chipped in 21 of his own.

The Lakers have dropped to 30-34, while the Clippers extended their winning streak to three games and improved to 37-29.

Studs of the Night

Julius Randle totaled 30 points and eight rebounds in the Pelicans’ 115-112 victory over the Jazz.

Kelly Oubre Jr.’s 27 points and 13 rebounds led Phoenix past Milwaukee, 114-105.

Duds of the Night

Alex Len scored two points on 0-of-6 shooting as Atlanta fell short to the Heat, 114-113.

Dirk Nowitzki only managed four points on 2-of-13 shooting in the Mavericks’ 127-88 loss to the Nets.


Knicks rookie Allonzo Trier eluded the defense and rushed to the rim for a big slam on the break against the Kings.

Anthony Davis finished this alley-oop over Rudy Gobert.

What’s Next?

Celtics (38-26) at Warriors (44-19) 10:30 p.m. ET — Boston has lost five of its last six games and is looking for a quality win. Golden State is the best team in the Western Conference and secured a win against Philadelphia earlier this week. The Celtics need a boost right now, and the Warriors won’t be an easy opponent to get one from.