(LOS ANGELES) — The new-look Los Angeles Lakers were picked by many to roll through the Western Conference. Right now, they’re still searching for a win.
Chris Paul had 18 points and 15 assists, and the Clippers overcame 40 points from Kobe Bryant to hand the Lakers their third straight loss to start the season, 105-95 at the Staples Center.
The Clippers (2-0) got their first win on the Lakers home court since 2007. Blake Griffin chipped in 15 points, and the Clips shot 45 percent from the field.
“I think it’s the second game of the year, and you’ve got two teams here that just got together,” Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. “It’s too early to tell anything yet, other than we have to keep getting better.”
The Lakers realize that they can’t go too much longer without a victory.
“We need a win, obviously,” Lakers coach Mike Brown said. “I’m not trying to fool anyone here. That’s part of the reason Kobe played the minutes he played, which is too many.” Bryant logged 43 minutes on a bruised foot.
Center Dwight Howard had 13 points and eight rebounds for the Lakers, who only had three players in double figures.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire