Clippers Defeat Lakers, Increase Lead in Race for Playoffs

Clippers' Danilo Gallinari. Photo by Todd Williamson/January Images/REX/Shutterstock (9252020af)

LeBron James’ Lakers were dealt another blow on Monday night after dropping a game to the Clippers.

The Clippers defeated the Lakers by a 113-105 final on Monday at the Staples Center.

The Clippers move to 37-29 on the season whereas the Lakers drop to their lowest point of the season, four games under .500 at 30-34.

The Lakers now find themselves 5.5 games behind the Spurs in the race for the Western Confetence’s final playoff spot with only 18 games to go in the season.

While the Lakers were not expected to dominate the conference, this situation was unthinkable for many before the start of this season. The Clippers, on the other hand, are now in seventh place in the West, their highest position in the season.

The Lakers were unable to gain ground despite 27 points from LeBron and a triple-double from point guard Rajon Rondo, who tallied 24 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds.

Danilo Gallinari led the Clippers’ attack with 23 points in only 28 minutes of action.

The Lakers will have to make a miraculous comeback if they are to make the playoffs this season, whereas the Clippers are now sitting pretty for a bid of their own.