Lakers lose by 48 to Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers point guard Darren Collison (2) shoots over Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Jodie Meeks (20). Photo by Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.
The Los Angeles Lakers hit a new low when they lost by 48 points to the Clippers, 94-142.
It was the biggest loss ever for the Lakers franchise.
It was also the biggest margin in the history of meetings between the two Los Angeles teams, eclipsing the previous record 46-point victory by the Lakers over the Clippers in 1979.
The Clippers had eight players score in double figures. Guard Darren Collison notched 24 points as the Clippers (43-20) won their sixth straight game and dropped the Lakers (21-41) to their ninth loss in the past 12 games.
Forward Blake Griffin finished with 20 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers removed all of his starters before the end of the third quarter. (Editing by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina)
Suns 128, Thunder 122
Gerald Green scored a career-high 41 points and Goran Dragic had seven of his 22 points in the final 2 1/2 minutes to help the Phoenix Suns beat the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Green also had a career-high eight three-pointers, six in the third quarter, when he scored 25 points.
Russell Westbrook had 36 points, nine assists and nine rebounds and Kevin Durant scored 34 points for the Thunder, who had an 11-game winning streak against the Suns snapped.
Durant has scored at least 25 points in 27 straight games, tying Allen Iverson for the second-longest streak in the NBA in the last 25 years. Iverson did it in 2000-01. Durant has the longest streak, 29, achieved in 2009-10.
Oklahoma City (46-16) had a three-game winning streak halted and dropped one-half game behind Indiana for the best record in the league.
The Suns (36-25) are seventh in the Western Conference.