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Clippers beat Lakers 115-104 for Doc Rivers' 800th victory

LOS ANGELES (AP) Comfortable leads have been shrinking lately for the Los Angeles Clippers.

It happened again Saturday against the lowly Lakers.

Only after the Clippers inserted all of their starters in the fourth quarter did they finish off a 115-104 victory, the 800th of Doc Rivers' coaching career.

Rivers sees the problem, yet professes no concern with the playoffs looming.

''I like this team and I'm going to keep saying that,'' he said. ''I think we have proven, especially in the big games, when we're healthy, we play very well.''

Blake Griffin scored 36 points, Chris Paul added 29 and J.J. Redick had 19 for the Clippers, who moved within a game of the idle Jazz for the No. 4 playoff seed in the West. The Clippers have won three in a row and seven of nine.

''Our key is going to be in the last six minutes of the game,'' Rivers said. ''We're going to have to execute offensively. We're going to have to be a team that when we need a stop, we can get a stop. There's times that we can do that and then there's times I'm not sure we can.''

The Clippers have had little trouble stopping the Lakers, taking three of four in the season series. They've won 18 of 20 from their Staples Center co-tenant since the start of the 2012-13 season.

''The last few years have been the worst in the Lakers' history and that's not OK,'' rookie coach Luke Walton said before the game.

Rookie David Nwaba scored 19 points and Brandon Ingram had 10 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter for the Lakers. They have lost 18 of 20 since the All-Star break. D'Angelo Russell, the team's leading scorer at 15.7 points, had two points on 1-of-9 shooting while missing six 3-point attempts.

''They definitely came out with energy. They were hot and our defense wasn't clicking,'' Russell said. ''I tried to stay effective despite my shots not falling.''

The Clippers' bench allowed the Lakers to hang around in the fourth when they trailed by 21 at the start. Tarik Black's dunk cut the Lakers' deficit to eight with 2:52 to play.

But Griffin and Paul combined to score the Clippers' final seven points. The duo notched its third straight game with at least 26 points apiece.

''It's not about the second unit, it is about us as a team figuring it out,'' Paul said. ''We still have time, not much time, but we have time to figure it out and we have to do it.''

The Clippers dominated the third, turning a five-point lead into a 21-point advantage. They opened on a 24-9 run, including 10 by Paul that extended their lead to 79-59. Griffin and Redick added back-to-back 3-pointers and Paul scored four in a row to send the Clippers into the fourth leading 93-72.

Paul had 12 assists and made all 10 of his free throws, and DeAndre Jordan grabbed 12 rebounds. Griffin made a career-high four 3-pointers.

The Clippers opened the game by scoring 17 straight points, making 7 of 9 field goals. The Lakers missed their first nine shots before going on an 18-2 run to close within one.

TIP-INS

Lakers: They have used 23 different starting lineups this season with no player starting every game. ... G Jordan Clarkson is the only player to appear in every game. ... Ingram returned after missing three games with right patellar tendinitis. ''I thought I was going to feel it after the game, but it still felt good,'' he said. ... C Ivica Zubac is out for the rest of the season with a high right ankle sprain.

Clippers: Backup G Austin Rivers is likely out for the rest of the regular season with a strained left hamstring.

GRIFFIN'S 10K

Griffin scored the game's first basket on a jumper, giving him 10,000 points in his career. He is the second player in franchise history to reach that mark. Randy Smith scored 10,467 of his club-record 12,735 points when the team was known as the Buffalo Braves.

DOC'S MILESTONE

Rivers became the 15th coach in NBA history with 800 victories. Only Gregg Popovich of San Antonio (1,146) has more among active coaches.

''What I've learned most as a coach is persistence and patience,'' Rivers said before the game. ''Patience with the players and myself. As a young coach you have a tendency to overreact to everything and change everything. I've learned not to sweat everything.''

UP NEXT

Lakers: Host Memphis on Sunday in their next-to-last back-to-back of the season. The Lakers play four of their final six at home.

Clippers: Host Dallas on Wednesday after a three-day break.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:05
  Defensive rebound by Blake Griffin 0:29
  Thomas Robinson missed turnaround jump shot 0:31
  Defensive rebound by David Nwaba 0:45
  Chris Paul missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:47
+ 1 David Nwaba made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:59
+ 1 David Nwaba made 1st of 2 free throws 0:59
  Shooting foul on JJ Redick 0:57
+ 2 Chris Paul made jump shot 1:07
  Bad pass turnover on D'Angelo Russell 1:33
+ 2 Chris Paul made jump shot 1:35
Team Stats
Points 104 115
Field Goals 39-90 (43.3%) 38-69 (55.1%)
3-Pointers 6-23 (26.1%) 11-25 (44.0%)
Free Throws 20-30 (66.7%) 28-34 (82.4%)
Total Rebounds 47 51
Offensive 15 4
Defensive 26 35
Team 6 12
Assists 26 24
Steals 12 8
Blocks 2 5
Turnovers 12 18
Fouls 27 19
Technicals 0 0
away team logo
T. Robinson PF 15
16 PTS, 9 REB, 3 AST
home team logo
B. Griffin PF 32
36 PTS, 8 REB, 5 AST
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away team logo Lakers 21-55 22282232104
home team logo Clippers 47-3128273822115
Team Stats
away team logoLakers 21-55 PPG RPG APG
home team logoClippers 47-31 97.7 PPG 37.7 RPG 18.4 APG
Key Players
D. Nwaba PG PPG RPG APG FG%
B. Griffin PF 20.3 PPG 6.0 RPG 2.3 APG 49.0 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Nwaba PG 19 PTS 6 REB 1 AST
B. Griffin PF 36 PTS 8 REB 5 AST
43.3 FG% 55.1
26.1 3PT FG% 44.0
66.7 FT% 82.4
Lakers
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Ingram 24 18 5 3 1 1 1 5 7/14 1/1 3/6 2 3 30 +5
J. Randle 23 14 6 2 1 0 2 3 5/10 2/3 2/3 1 5 23 -26
L. Nance Jr. 23 8 4 3 2 0 1 5 4/10 0/0 0/0 3 1 19 -20
J. Clarkson 31 7 0 3 0 0 0 3 3/12 1/5 0/0 0 0 13 -30
D. Russell 29 2 0 6 2 0 3 1 1/9 0/6 0/0 0 0 13 -25
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Ingram 24 18 5 3 1 1 1 5 7/14 1/1 3/6 2 3 30 +5
J. Randle 23 14 6 2 1 0 2 3 5/10 2/3 2/3 1 5 23 -26
L. Nance Jr. 23 8 4 3 2 0 1 5 4/10 0/0 0/0 3 1 19 -20
J. Clarkson 31 7 0 3 0 0 0 3 3/12 1/5 0/0 0 0 13 -30
D. Russell 29 2 0 6 2 0 3 1 1/9 0/6 0/0 0 0 13 -25
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Nwaba 35 19 6 1 2 0 1 4 6/9 0/2 7/10 3 3 28 -1
T. Robinson 22 16 9 3 1 0 1 1 7/15 0/1 2/5 5 4 31 +10
T. Black 25 8 5 1 1 1 1 3 3/3 0/0 2/2 1 4 16 +9
C. Brewer 10 6 3 1 1 0 0 2 1/3 0/0 4/4 0 3 12 +9
T. Ennis 19 6 3 3 1 0 1 0 2/5 2/5 0/0 0 3 15 +14
N. Young - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. World Peace - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Mozgov - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Zubac - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Deng - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 241 104 41 26 12 2 12 27 39/90 6/23 20/30 15 26 200 -55
Clippers
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Griffin 40 36 8 5 1 0 2 5 12/15 4/7 8/9 2 6 53 +22
C. Paul 37 29 4 12 1 0 6 1 9/14 1/3 10/10 0 4 52 +20
J. Redick 38 19 5 2 1 0 3 3 6/12 4/6 3/3 0 5 26 +24
D. Jordan 39 11 12 1 3 2 3 2 4/4 0/0 3/8 1 11 27 +23
L. Mbah a Moute 22 7 1 0 0 2 0 3 3/5 1/1 0/0 0 1 10 +27
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Griffin 40 36 8 5 1 0 2 5 12/15 4/7 8/9 2 6 53 +22
C. Paul 37 29 4 12 1 0 6 1 9/14 1/3 10/10 0 4 52 +20
J. Redick 38 19 5 2 1 0 3 3 6/12 4/6 3/3 0 5 26 +24
D. Jordan 39 11 12 1 3 2 3 2 4/4 0/0 3/8 1 11 27 +23
L. Mbah a Moute 22 7 1 0 0 2 0 3 3/5 1/1 0/0 0 1 10 +27
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Crawford 22 7 1 3 1 0 2 0 2/7 1/3 2/2 0 1 13 -12
B. Bass 8 4 4 0 0 0 0 1 1/1 0/0 2/2 1 3 8 -11
R. Felton 19 2 2 1 1 1 1 0 1/8 0/3 0/0 0 2 7 -15
M. Speights 9 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 2 2 -12
A. Anderson 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 0 0 -11
W. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Rivers - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Pierce - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Stone - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 240 115 39 24 8 5 18 19 38/69 11/25 28/34 4 35 198 +55