KEY POINTS

  • LA Lakers are now on their fourth straight loss
  • Patrick Beverley’s block on LeBron James was reversed, bring the possession back to the Clippers
  • Kyle Kuzma led the Lakers in scoring off the bench

Despite the result, there is one thing about the game that nobody can’t deny – Los Angeles won the game. In the case of award-winning artist Snoop Dogg, it was the wrong Los Angeles team that he had hoped.

The Los Angeles Clippers took advantage of the Lakers’ meltdown at the end of the game and went home as victors of the NBA Christmas game, 111-106. Clippers coach Doc Rivers went to Kawhi Leonard as they start inching closer to the Lakers’ lead.

Leonard, last seasons’ Finals MVP with the Toronto Raptors, had a double-double of 35 points and 12 rebounds and added five assists and a steal for the Clippers, who are now 2-0 against their co-tenants this season. Montrezl Harrell chipped in 18 points in 8-of-12 shooting, six rebounds and a block.

Kyle Kuzma scored a game-high 25 points, including four three-pointers, four rebounds and a steal off the bench for the Lakers. Anthony Davis had his numbers across the board, finishing with 24 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two blocks. LeBron James flirted with a triple-double, adding 23 points, 10 assists, and nine boards but shot poorly from the field – only making nine of 24 shots, including 12 shots from the three-point area and only making two of them.

After the game, the 48-year old rapper went to his Instagram and ranted about the end-game blunder that the purple and gold had in as the game is about to end.

Before the cuss-filled rant, he gave props to Patrick Beverley who put clamps on James as he took his potential game-tying three-point attempt with only 3.4 seconds remaining. It was ruled as a block and the possession stays with the Lakers but it was reversed as the ball was last touched by LeBron before going out of bounds.

With the loss, the Lakers have suffered their four straight loss and are now carrying a 24-7 win-loss card – still the top seed in the western conference while the Clippers bounced back from their loss against the Thunder at Oklahoma City.