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Clippers’ lead stands against Thunder as win streak reaches 6 games

LOS ANGELES — The Clippers got another repetition at playing from ahead on Friday, sprinting to a 20-point first-quarter lead, an advantage they nurtured and protected so that it stood against a young, game Oklahoma City team. Unfortunately for former Clippers darling Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and his Thunder teammates, Tyronn Lue’s squad is getting good at maintaining such sizable advantages, putting continual distance on last postseason’s nightmarish series of blown leads. In the Clippers’ 120-1...
Tags: Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Staples Center, Thunder, Oklahoma City, Paul George, George, Clippers, OKC, Serge Ibaka, Kawhi Leonard, Patrick Patterson, Lou Williams


Kawhi Leonard, Clippers dispatch Kings for 5th straight win

Clippers guard Patrick Beverley, right, defends against Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox during the first quarter of Wednesday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis) Clippers center Ivica Zubac, right, and Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III, left, reach for a rebound during the second quarter of Wednesday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis) Sound The gallery will resume in seconds Sacramento Kings forward Chimezie Metu (25) defends against C...
Tags: Sports, Sacramento Kings, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Indiana, Soccer, Kings, Nba, New Orleans, Staples Center, George, Walton, Clippers, Buddy Hield, All Star


Clippers’ secret weapon: French

LOS ANGELES — Serge Ibaka’s first Zoom press conference as a Clipper in November ended with questions in Spanish and French; a reminder that the Clippers’ floor-stretching big man is a multilingual talent. To hear his fellow French speaker on the team tell it, that’s something of a secret weapon. France’s Nicolas Batum said he and Ibaka make it a habit to speak French to each other when they’re both on the court, something opponents seem to find confounding. “Every game. Literally, every game we...
Tags: France, Sports, Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, United States, Nba, Philadelphia, Staples Center, Lakers, Phoenix, Paul George, Walton, Clippers, Jae Crowder


Kings rally late against Avalanche but remain winless

Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog’s shot is blocked by Kings goaltender Cal Petersen during the third period of Tuesday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong) Kings right wing Alex Iafallo, left, controls the puck as Colorado Avalanche left wing Matt Calvert chases during the first period of Tuesday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong) Sound The gallery will resume in seconds Kings goaltender Cal Petersen, top, and defensemen Olli Maatta, rig...
Tags: Minnesota, Colorado, Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Avalanche, Kings, NHL, Staples Center, Dustin Brown, Los-angeles-kings, Petersen, Colorado Avalanche, Anze Kopitar, Avs


Alexander: Lakers’ upcoming trip might be just what they need

Let’s cool it with the liberal use of the D-word as it applies to the Lakers. You know, the one that implies that one championship is going to lead to another, oh, three or four or five. Let’s wait until at least the next road trip is complete. It’s early, and the defending champs were reminded Monday night by the Golden State Warriors – whose core players know a few things about this dynasty business – that the journey in search of a repeat is going to have bumps, and potholes, and proud oppone...
Tags: Boston, Milwaukee, Disney, Sports, Atlanta, Sport, Soccer, Portland, Davis, Nba, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Houston, Denver, Staples Center, Golden State Warriors


Warriors knock off uninspired Lakers, who blow 19-point lead

The Lakers’ Anthony Davis grimaces as he grabs a rebound between the Warriors’ Kent Bazemore #26, Andrew Wiggins #22 and Kevon Looney #5 during the first half of Monday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Golden State Warriors’ Andrew Wiggins, left, grabs a rebound against Los Angeles Lakers’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Sound The gallery will resume in ...
Tags: Milwaukee, Sports, Los Angeles, Spain, Sport, Soccer, Davis, Nba, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers, Staples Center, Martin Luther King Jr, Curry, Golden State Warriors, Warriors


Lakers prepare for schedule difficulty to ramp up

LOS ANGELES — LeBron James versus the Golden State Warriors has been a hallmark of NBA scheduling for years. This season, putting it on Martin Luther King Jr. day is a sign of just how much historical sizzle that rivalry has. But even Warriors coach Steve Kerr, whose teams have been in epic battles with James over the years, acknowledged how the loss of Klay Thompson to an offseason Achilles injury removed some of the intrigue. While the Lakers are at the top of the league, the Warriors are scra...
Tags: Minnesota, Boston, Milwaukee, Sports, Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Davis, Nba, New Orleans, Dallas, Philadelphia, San Antonio Spurs, Espn, Lebron James


Kings prepare for two-game set against Avalanche after pair of OT losses

Coming off a pair of 4-3 overtime losses to Minnesota that would have made Xerox proud, the Kings are preparing for another two-game set. This time it’s with the Colorado Avalanche, whom they will host Tuesday and Thursday at Staples Center. “We’re gonna work on all facets of our game. We haven’t played in 300 days so (we need) a lot of work and in every area,” Coach Todd McLellan said after the second loss Saturday, adding that he also planned to address players individually Sunday in lieu of p...
Tags: Minnesota, Colorado, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Avalanche, Xerox, Kings, Nashville, NHL, Staples Center, Dustin Brown, Los Angeles Kings, Colorado Avalanche, St Louis Blues, Roman Josi


Kawhi Leonard, Clippers overwhelm Pacers at Staples Center

Los Angeles Clippers players wear shirts to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. before an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis) Indiana Pacers players wear shirts to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. before an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis) Sound The gallery will resume in seconds Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard, ...
Tags: Sports, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Indiana, Chicago, Soccer, Kings, Nba, Dallas, Reggie Jackson, Indiana Pacers, Staples Center, Martin Luther King Jr, San Antonio, Los Angeles Clippers


Dynasty in the making? Lakers see the pieces to pick up where the Warriors left off

Even nine years into his NBA career, Anthony Davis still is occasionally struck by how a childhood dream has played out. The Lakers’ big man was scrolling through Instagram on the bus to the arena before a playoff game last season when he came across a post about how many postseason records his teammate LeBron James has. He sent a message to James drawing on nostalgia and remembering another bus trip he took from Chicago to Akron as a teenager to attend James’ camp. “‘Seeing you for the first ti...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Chicago, Soccer, Spurs, Davis, Nba, Miami, Cleveland Cavaliers, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, Staples Center, Miami Heat, Golden State Warriors


Lakers dismantle Pelicans in second half for fifth straight win

The Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma knocks a rebound away from the Pelicans’ Josh Hart during Friday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) The Pelicans’ Brandon Ingram (14) fouls the Lakers’ Anthony Davis (3) on his way to the hoop during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, January 15, 2021. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Sound The gallery will resume in seconds The Lakers’ Montrezl Harrell (15) dun...
Tags: Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Davis, Nba, New Orleans, Lebron James, New Orleans Pelicans, Anthony Davis, Nets, Staples Center, James, Lakers, James Harden, The Lakers


Kings’ season opener spoiled by Wild’s Russian rookie

The Kings’ Anze Kopitar (11) takes a shot during the Kings home opener against the Wild at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, January 14, 2021. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) The Kings’ Austin Wagner (27) battles with he Wild’s Nico Sturm (7) during the Kings home opener at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, January 14, 2021. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Sound The gallery will resume in seconds The Wild’s Mat...
Tags: Minnesota, Wild, Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Kings, Rangers, NHL, Staples Center, Dustin Brown, Minnesota Wild, Los-angeles-kings, Alexander, Carter, Brown


Clippers shoot their way past short-handed Pelicans

LOS ANGELES — The Staples Center stage was set up for a clash of styles and, on Wednesday night, a stark difference of fortunes. Fully staffed, the Clippers avoided the trappings of life against an undermanned underdog, getting past a pesky New Orleans Pelicans team that was down three starters, including superstar sophomore Zion Williamson. “When you have a lot of talent sometimes, you can fall victim to that, but we just got to make sure we’re just taking advantage of every day, every game, ev...
Tags: Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Portland, Steve Ballmer, Nba, New Orleans, New Orleans Pelicans, Staples Center, George, Clippers, Serge Ibaka, Williamson, Stan Van Gundy, Patrick Beverley


Clippers face Zion Williamson-less Pelicans

LOS ANGELES — NBA action in 2020-21 means sometimes the fans get rejected. On Wednesday, the audience tuning in to ESPN’s broadcast of the Pelicans-Clippers game at Staples Center was denied a look at Zion vs. Kawhi. New Orleans’ young superstar was ruled out – and confined to his hotel room – after his coronavirus test came back inconclusive. That left the Pelicans without Williamson, who has been putting up stout numbers in his second NBA season, averaging 21.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and shootin...
Tags: Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, United States, Nba, New Orleans, Dallas, Espn, Staples Center, Mavericks, Clippers, NOLA, Van Gundy, Williamson, Stan Van Gundy


Lakers thump Thunder to stay unbeaten on the road

It’s a season in which home-court advantage means as little as ever, but it still has to mean something: The Lakers have not yet lost on the road. Momentum continued to pick up for the league leaders, as the Lakers (10-3) swept aside the rebuilding Oklahoma City Thunder, 128-99, on Wednesday night to improve to 7-0 away from Staples Center – the best road start in franchise history. The visitors never trailed. Wednesday’s effort looked as breezy as the previous two wins in Houston: LeBron James ...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Rockets, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Houston, Oklahoma, Nets, Staples Center, Lakers, Oklahoma City, James Harden, Chris Paul, The Lakers


Kings approach new season with playoff aspirations

While the fans may not yet be back to Staples Center, the ice is down and the Kings are set to open their season Thursday night against the Minnesota Wild. The Kings released their opening night roster Wednesday, and it included some surprises. Most notable were the absences of goalie Cal Petersen and defensemen Kurtis MacDermid and Sean Walker. They were subject to isolation and monitoring due to potential coronavirus contact. General Manager Rob Blake said that their lack of availability had a...
Tags: Minnesota, Russia, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Kings, NHL, Staples Center, Los-angeles-kings, Alexander, Toronto Maple Leafs, Blake, Moore, Kirill, Artemi Panarin, Todd McLellan


Does the James Harden trade help the Nets catch the Lakers?

Editor’s note: This is the Wednesday, Jan. 13 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter from reporter Kyle Goon. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here. A 117-100 drubbing by the Lakers was the final straw in a frayed relationship for Houston and James Harden, who said Tuesday night, “I don’t think it can be fixed.” So the Rockets finally made the blockbuster trade that Harden was reportedly asking for, sending him to Brooklyn for  a package that includes a ton of draft cap...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Soccer, Brooklyn, Davis, Nba, Rockets, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Houston, Cleveland, Nets, Staples Center, James, Lakers, Irving


L.A. Kings roster: Familiar faces anchor a team in transition

With plenty of distance between them and last season, the Kings take to the ice for the first time since March on Thursday night at Staples Center. As the 2020-21, er, 2021 season finally gets underway, here is a look at the Kings’ projected lineup in the early part of the season. FORWARDS Anze Kopitar The Kings’ franchise center and captain led the team in goals (21) and points (62) last season, despite the absence of a consistent producer on the wing. In a pivotal year for his career, he loo...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Chicago, Canada, Soccer, Kings, Penguins, NHL, Staples Center, New York Rangers, Anderson, Finn, Dustin Brown, Los-angeles-kings, Pittsburgh, Southern California


LA Kings 2020-21 schedule: 4 games to watch

The Kings are set to compete in a distinct, 56-game schedule in which they will see the same seven opponents over and over for the entire schedule. Here is a glance at the four matchups fans should most look forward to: Jan. 14 vs Minnesota Wild Not only will the Kings play their first game in over 10 months, but a star may be born for the visiting Wild. The Kings failed to qualify for the modified, 24-team postseason, so between the March suspension of play, the playoffs and the offseason, th...
Tags: Minnesota, Colorado, Russia, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Arizona, Kings, San Jose, NHL, Lake Tahoe, St Louis, Ducks, Staples Center, Vegas, Los-angeles-kings


Some of the Most Inspiring Moments from 2020

By any standard, 2020 wasn’t the best year. We won’t repeat the litany of misfortunes that befell so many people, and instead note that each new disaster often brought out the best in humanity. Here we list just a few examples, which we hope to see more of in 2021. Billions of people fight back against a global pandemic Never in human history has news of a pandemic raced so far ahead of infections, as a result of today’s communications technology. After a period of confusion and conflicting...
Tags: Utah, Elon Musk, London, Supreme Court, Parenting, Minneapolis, China, Israel, Toronto, America, Department Of Defense, Spain, Joe Biden, Rome, Chicago, Harvard


Kawhi Leonard passes scoring milestone as he leads Clippers past Bulls

LOS ANGELES — Kawhi Leonard celebrated ditching the “extra defender” that had been dogging him for the past six games with a milestone afternoon at Staples Center. Since he suffered a mouth laceration on Christmas that required eight stitches, Leonard had been wearing a plastic, specially constructed covering to protect his jaw. He’d made no secret of his distaste for the device, which made it hard to breathe, he said. Coach Tyronn Lue said the team thought of it as a bonus defender. Finally fre...
Tags: Minnesota, Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Chicago, Soccer, Williams, Nba, Chicago Bulls, Staples Center, Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors, Moreno Valley, Paul George, George, Morris


Kawhi Leonard dominates third quarter, leads Clippers past Bulls

Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard, left, scores past Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine, center, and guard Garrett Temple (17) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) shoots over Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Sound The gallery will...
Tags: News, Minnesota, Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Chicago, Soccer, Nba, Chicago Bulls, Staples Center, Los Angeles Clippers, Paul George, George, Morris, Denzel Valentine, Bulls


LeBron James, Lakers hold off Bulls without Anthony Davis

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 08: Talen Horton-Tucker #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers defends against the shot of Denzel Valentine #45 of the Chicago Bulls during the first half of a game at Staples Center on January 08, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES...
Tags: Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Chicago, Soccer, Spurs, Davis, Nba, Capitol Hill, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Houston, Chicago Bulls, Memphis, Los Angeles Lakers, Staples Center


Lakers’ LeBron James upset by Capitol Hill storming: ‘We live in two Americas’

Walking into Staples Center on Thursday night, LeBron James wore a shirt with a message: “DO YOU UNDERSTAND NOW?” It’s something James has been asking for years, since he took up the cause of protesting lethal violence against Black people. And while he was concerned about the Wednesday storming of the Capitol – in part because it upset the democratic process that he has spent half a year attempting to aid and expand to Black Americans – he was most profoundly struck by how the mostly White riot...
Tags: Senate, Sports, America, Georgia, Sport, Soccer, House, Spurs, Davis, Nba, Long Beach, Fox News, Capitol Hill, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Public Enemy


Clippers outlast Warriors in ragged game after day of turmoil

The Clippers’ Nicolas Batum is fouled by the Warriors’ Kelly Oubre Jr. during Wednesday’s game in San Francisco. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Players and coaches from the Golden State Warriors, left, and the Los Angeles Clippers kneel during the national anthem before an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Sound The gallery will resume in seconds Golden State Warriors players and coaches kneel during the national anthem before...
Tags: White House, Sports, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Williams, Portland, Nba, Reggie Jackson, Donald Trump, Staples Center, San Antonio, Los Angeles Clippers, National Anthem, Golden State Warriors, Warriors


Lakers’ Wesley Matthews: No charges in Jacob Blake case is ‘disheartening’

A case that inspired an NBA protest that made waves in the world of sports hit an apparent wall on Tuesday when a Wisconsin district attorney announced he would not file charges against the police officer who shot Jacob Blake in August. The incident sparked a Milwaukee Bucks sit-out of their playoff game against the Orlando Magic, which led to the widespread cancellation of NBA games and other sporting events last summer. Wesley Matthews, a Wisconsin native who played for the Bucks last year, ca...
Tags: Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Wisconsin, Lebron James, Orlando Magic, Memphis, Staples Center, Black, Milwaukee Bucks, Lakers, Kenosha, The Lakers, Blake


Short-handed Clippers can’t catch Spurs

The Clippers’ Serge Ibaka passes the ball as the Spurs’ Patty Mills and LaMarcus Aldridge defend during the first half of Tuesday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 05: Patty Mills #8 of the San Antonio Spurs drives to the basket past the defense of Kawhi Leonard #2, Luke Kennard #5 and Nicolas Batum #33 of the LA Clippers during the second half of a game at Staples Center on January 05, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. TO USER:...
Tags: Sports, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Spurs, Nba, Dallas, San Antonio Spurs, Rudy Gay, Reggie Jackson, Staples Center, San Antonio, Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix, Suns


2021 Grammy Awards are being postponed due to COVID concerns

The Grammy Awards are being postponed, a rep for the show confirms to Variety. Further details are expected shortly. Sources say the show may be moved to March, although no date was confirmed at the time of this article’s publication. Like all awards shows during the pandemic, the Recording Academy and its network partner CBS have faced many challenges in how safely to stage an event on the scale of the Grammys, which ordinarily has an audience of 18,000-plus people. While interim Grammy chief H...
Tags: Business, New York, Beyonce, News, Awards, Alabama, California News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Hawaii, Cbs, Grammy Awards, Grammys, Staples Center, Larry King


Tyronn Lue says Clippers’ quarantining staffers are ‘healthy and feeling pretty good’

Ahead of the Clippers’ game Sunday in Phoenix, Coach Tyronn Lue said all seven of the staffers who had to return to L.A. to quarantine in accordance with the NBA’s coronavirus protocols are “healthy and feeling pretty good, that’s the most important thing.” Nothing in the team’s preparation for their game against Suns — a league-best 5-1 entering play — changed without members of their traveling personnel along, Lue added. “We have the ample amount of staff that we need. No excuses,” Lue said on...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Espn, Salt Lake City, Reggie Jackson, Staples Center, Portland Trail Blazers, Lakers, Frank, Suns, The Lakers, Clippers, Patrick Beverley, Lue


Clippers support staffers quarantined in accordance with coronavirus protocols

Under the league’s new coronavirus health and safety protocols, several members of the Clippers’ support staff are quarantined in Los Angeles after a positive coronavirus test, according to a league source who confirmed Adrian Wojnarowski’s reporting Sunday, Jan. 3 for ESPN. Wojnarowski indicated that contact tracing led back to eight people attending a New Year’s Eve meal at a presidential suite in the team hotel in Salt Lake City where there was “intermittent mask-wearing.” The quarantined gro...
Tags: Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Espn, Salt Lake City, Reggie Jackson, Staples Center, Portland Trail Blazers, Frank, Phoenix, Clippers, Patrick Beverley, Kawhi Leonard, Chauncey Billups



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