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The Clippers remind Lonzo, Lakers that L.A. is theirs for now

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The Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers battled for L.A. in their season openers, and the Clippers claimed their stake on Tinsel Town.

Blake Griffin and the Clippers absolutely bodied Lonzo Ball and the Lakers in the teams’ 2017 debuts.

Griffin went off for 29 points and 12 rebounds–including a monstrous dunk over Julius Randle–while DeAndre Jordan tallied 14 points and an insane 24 rebounds.

The Clippers proved that Lob City may be over with Chris Paul’s departure from the team, but L.A. is still theirs until proven otherwise.

The biggest addition to the Clippers this season may very well be feisty point guard Patrick Beverley who welcomed Lonzo to the league by punking, trolling and bodying him.

The Lakers’ best player was by far Brook Lopez who not only had a team-high 20 points, but had the entire offense run through him. Although Lopez averaged over 20 ppg last season with the Brooklyn Nets, he shouldn’t be the Lakers’ first (or only) offensive option. The purple and gold have a problem on their hands because that’s exactly what he was.

Brandon Ingram had a tough route to 12 points, 4 assists and 5 rebounds while Ball had just three points, four assists, nine rebounds and two turnovers.

The Lakers may have the storied history in L.A. and will always be the city’s team at heart, but the Clippers have better players with more experience, and they let it be known Thursday night.

 

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