And upset about missing seven free throws.
The Clippers won despite Kobe Bryant's 50 points, but Bryant was held scoreless after making two foul shots with 8:46 remaining to give the Lakers a 102-92 lead.
Elton Brand added 32 points for the Clippers (38-40), who snapped a three-game losing streak and moved into a tie with Golden State for the eighth and final playoff berth in the Western Conference with four games remaining. Both teams trail the seventh-place Lakers by 1½ games.
Maggette didn't realize he had reached a career high, but said: "I should have had 46," referring to his 17-of-24 performance at the foul line.
"It just feels good to win, man," he added. "We needed it."
As far as Bryant was concerned, Maggette said: "Kobe ran out of gas. He played 48 minutes."
Bryant didn't agree.
"I felt fine physically. I felt like I could go the distance," said Bryant, who missed his last six field goal attempts. "I didn't feel like my legs were heavy. I didn't feel tired at all. They just double-teamed me and triple-teamed me. You've got the advantage when that happens. But we didn't make the plays and they did."
Bryant's nine 50-point games this season are the most in the NBA since Wilt Chamberlain scored at least 50 nine times in the 1964-65 season. Chamberlain averaged a record 50.4 points three years earlier.
Bryant shot 17-of-33 from the floor and made all 15 of his free throws. He also had nine rebounds.
Maggette, whose previous career high was 38 points, shot 10-of-15 from the field. He also had eight rebounds and nine assists to match his career high. Brand scored 22 of his points after halftime, and added 12 rebounds and seven assists.
Cassell returned after missing four games because of back spasms, and didn't appear comfortable while scoring two points in six first-half minutes. It was a different story in the second half, when he played 14 minutes, including all but 51 seconds of the fourth quarter.
"I had to get warmed up," he said. "This is strange for me, coming off the bench. I don't mind having the ball down the stretch. I can be a decoy and I can make a shot.
"It was a big win for us."
When asked how he felt as he sat in front of his locker, the 37-year-old veteran broke into a wide grin and said: "Ask me tomorrow."
"We got a lead and I guess we got comfortable," Lakers forward Luke Walton said. "We knew we were playing a team that was desperate. When you're playing a team that's desperate, you can't let up."
Lakers coach Phil Jackson had said beforehand that both teams were desperate for a win. The Clippers were more desperate, and it showed down the stretch.
After Bryant scored his last points, Brand made a three-point play to trigger a 10-0 run that Maggette capped with another three-point play, tying the game with 6:34 to play.
Andrew Bynum's foul shot put the Lakers back on top before Tim Thomas' 3-pointer with 5:41 left gave the Clippers a 105-103 lead -- their first since early in the second quarter. Baskets by Thomas and Cassell made it 109-103 and completed a 16-1 spurt.
A 3-pointer by Parker - the Lakers first basket in nearly six minutes -- drew the Lakers within three, but three foul shots by Maggette extended the Clippers' lead to six points with 2:04 to go, and the Lakers weren't closer than five after that.
|Kobe Bryant hits 50 points for the ninth time this season, but the Clippers get the win. (Getty Images)|
|L.A. Clippers (38-40) «||28||23||35||32||118|
|L.A. Lakers (40-39)||23||32||38||17||110|
|LAC:C. Maggette 39 Pts
LAC:E. Brand 12 Reb
LAC:C. Maggette 9 Ast
|LAL:K. Bryant 50 Pts
LAL:K. Bryant 9 Reb
LAL:S. Parker 8 Ast
|Players of the Game|
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|E. Brand, PF||44||12-23||8-9||12||7||3||32|
|C. Maggette, SF||43||10-15||17-24||8||9||4||39|
|C. Mobley, SG||36||4-9||1-1||8||1||4||9|
|J. Hart, PG||28||2-8||4-4||3||4||3||8|
|C. Kaman, C||21||3-8||1-2||5||0||2||7|
|T. Thomas, SF||30||3-7||1-2||4||1||4||9|
|S. Cassell, PG||20||5-10||2-2||3||3||0||12|
|Q. Ross, SF||18||1-3||0-0||5||0||3||2|
|J. Singleton, PF||1||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||0|
|A. Williams, C||Did Not Play|
|S. Livingston, PG||Did Not Play|
|D. Ewing, PG||Did Not Play|
|Y. Korolev, SF||Did Not Play|
|W. Conroy, PG||Did Not Play|
|P. Davis, C||Did Not Play|
|Complete Box Score|
|K. Bryant, SG||48||17-33||15-15||9||1||3||50|
|L. Odom, SF||41||4-11||0-0||7||2||3||9|
|S. Parker, PG||34||7-12||2-2||2||8||3||19|
|L. Walton, SF||30||1-6||0-2||8||8||3||3|
|A. Bynum, C||16||3-7||3-6||2||0||3||9|
|R. Turiaf, PF||32||2-7||2-4||6||4||5||6|
|M. Evans, SG||24||5-6||0-0||5||0||3||11|
|S. Vujacic, PG||6||1-2||0-0||1||0||2||3|
|J. Farmar, PG||5||0-0||0-0||1||2||3||0|
|V. Radmanovic, PF||2||0-0||0-0||0||1||1||0|
|B. Cook, PF||2||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||0|
|A. McKie, SG||Did Not Play|
|S. Williams, PG||Did Not Play|
|C. Mihm, C||Did Not Play|
|K. Brown, C||Did Not Play|
|Complete Box Score|