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Posted Feb 14 2013 2:42AM

Comfortably atop the Pacific Division, the Los Angeles Clippers can claim some rare bragging rights entering the All-Star break.

If the Los Angeles Lakers are going to keep that from happening, they'll likely need Kobe Bryant to bounce back from one of the worst performances of his career.

The Clippers attempt to take the season series from the Lakers for the first time in 20 years on Thursday night.

The Clippers (38-17) are bidding for their first division title, and hold a hefty 6 1/2-game lead on second-place Golden State.

The Lakers (25-28 ) have won five straight Pacific Division titles, but that run may be nearing an end since they're 12 games back of their Staples Center co-tenants.

So far, the two head-to-head matchups have also gone the Clippers' way, including a 107-102 win in the most recent meeting Jan. 4.

A victory Thursday would give the Clippers the season series for the first time since taking three of five during 1992-93.

They're entering this meeting with some momentum, winning three in a row and four of five after cruising to a 106-96 win over Houston on Wednesday. The Clippers held a 46-28 edge after the opening quarter, hitting 17 of 22 shots - 6 of 8 from beyond the arc.

The Clippers, though, felt they could have played better after letting the Rockets hang around the final big three quarters.

"We played great and got a little complacent with the lead," Chauncey Billups said. "We've shown to lose our discipline sometimes."

Despite being one of the biggest disappointments of the season, the Lakers have put together their own strong stretch, winning eight of 11 after dropping 10 of 12.

Bryant's 27.0 points per game is fourth in the NBA, but the Lakers' recent success has come with him averaging 18.3.

He had merely four points on 1 for 8 shooting with eight turnovers Tuesday, but the Lakers overcame that to beat Phoenix 91-85.

"I thought it was great, actually," Bryant said. "Obviously, scoring four points, going 1 for 8, that's not necessarily a recipe for success. ... But it's not about us as individuals. It's about what we can do to help the team."

He seems to have found a way, averaging 8.3 assists over the past 11 games, nearly double his 4.7 mark this season.

"I've been doing that since January, when I was trying to make the right play, keep everybody involved, and then I try to get going a little bit," Bryant said after dishing out nine assists while battling double-teams Tuesday.

A meeting with the Clippers could help Bryant find his stroke. He's averaging 35.3 points on 55.6 percent from the floor over the past six meetings, and he's totaled 78 points in this season's two losses.

Dwight Howard managed 21 points and 15 rebounds with two blocks against the Clippers last month. He came up big again Tuesday, totaling 19 points and 18 rebounds versus the Suns.

That was a dramatic improvement after Howard averaged 11.1 points and 9.0 rebounds over his previous 11 games while struggling with a shoulder injury.

Howard will vie for low-post supremacy with Blake Griffin, who is averaging 19.0 points and 10.7 boards over three games.

Griffin has 20.0 points and 10.2 rebounds per game in nine career meetings with the Lakers, scoring 24 on 9 for 16 shooting from the floor in last month's win.

Chris Paul had 30 points 13 assists in that matchup after posting 18 and 15 with three steals in a 105-95 win on Nov. 2, when the Clippers were considered the visitors.

Paul and Griffin will be teammates with Bryant and Howard on Sunday, when they will all start for the Western Conference in the NBA All-Star game in Houston.

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St. Valentine's Day Massacre.

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Hopefully and we definitely should! If we play well they have no chance!

I'm hoping we have lots of clipper fans attending the lakers home game!

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Lets get i done. getting pumped for this game. already talking trash

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we got this. the flakers dont have a chance. Smile

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it will be fun to watch the lolakers LOSE(again). Smile

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How many of there stars are injured at the moment?

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Make the statement in plain view of there stupid fans !!! Blow them out like we did Philly !!! I just might turn on the faker tv channel to hear who thoses idiots handle getting there ass handed to them !! Lol thoses homers are terrible !! Chick Hearn rolls over in his grave everytime they do a gm !! Thank god for Ralph !!!! Bingo

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Oh me Oh my,,,,were heading for a showdown.

Glad we appear to be firing on all cylinders. Even though we know the Fakers right now are a bad team, they rise against us. time to win the series and shut their fans up for a, well, an hour with those loud mouths.

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Luckboxed my way to free tickets for this game. Row 2 somewhere around the clippers bench. Can't wait to have my gear on surrounded by all those rich Lakers STH knuckleheads. Should be fun.

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Can you please come to the game wearing clippers jersey or something clippers

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Don't forget to wave at us

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Me and my Wife are going! Man I hope we can knock them down again before the break!

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Kobe will play 40+ minutes and still deny there is a rivalry.

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We need to beat the living **** outta the lolakers. No mercy. No let up.

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Clips will feast tonight! No Gasol and Billups back, they got no shot.

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Is Dwight Coward suiting up? lol

I really want Blake to dunk on his punk *** tonight!!!!! Smile

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wear clippers gear please. Let them know that clippers fans are in the building

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He's right there is no rivalry. We clearly are better than the lakers and its not even close enough to be a rivalry

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jarca wrote:
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Me and my Wife are going! Man I hope we can knock them down again before the break!

wear clippers gear please. Let them know that clippers fans are in the building

I'm going too. Will be wearing Clippers gear for sure! Was trying to get tickets right behind the Laker bench to give them hell but had a real hard time finding a set of 3 tickets since Im taking my son with us.

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Jarca, me and my wife will both have jerseys on to match our red white and blue nike shoes and clips hats to match. That's a guarantee! Very Happy

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I don't want to pee in the punchbowl but this is going to be a dogfight. The LAL and especially Kobe will be on a search and destroy and don't forget he can take over a game. He will play 40+ minutes but he'll play till he passes out not to lose to us. D12 has been playing well (sometimes).

Nash is the best pure shooter debatably in the NBA. If MWP gets hot we have a problem.

Our bench has to play well. We have to give Kobe fresh defenders. Hill and Barnes do a good job against him. If D12 plays well we have a problem inside but give Kobe a diet of guarding Bledsoe and Crawford

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Remember Grant Hill didn't play last night... So you would think they are going to have him on Kobe most of night, similar to what they did with Carmelo.

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I'm not going to be cocky about this one. The Lakers will be in Game 7 mode tonight. I'm expecting a close game, and we need big games from Blake and Jamal since the Lakers really don't have anyone to guard them (especially Blake - I can't imagine MWP or Clark being able to stop him).

But hey, if the Lakers roll over and get destroyed like they did against the Celtics, that'd be nice. FTL!

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Also, I hope we give Hollins some spot minutes simply so he can kick Kobrick in the nuts. Totally worth the suspension.

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I disagree. I think Steph Curry has that title on lock now. You can't give that guy ANY daylight or he'll make the shot.

I'm a little jealous of the Dubs for that, honestly. If we had one shooter even half as automatic as Curry, we could start measuring ring sizes now.

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82-0 wrote:
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Nash is the best pure shooter debatably in the NBA.

I disagree. I think Steph Curry has that title on lock now. You can't give that guy ANY daylight or he'll make the shot.

I'm a little jealous of the Dubs for that, honestly. If we had one shooter even half as automatic as Curry, we could start measuring ring sizes now.

We have that kind of shooter. It's just too bad he wasn't at least 5 years younger.

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Everyone in Clipper Nation will kick in a buck to help pay for the fine

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Hope Clipper nation is well represented tonight at Staples! Everyone wear their Clipper gear!

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Apparently, Jerry Buss is about to check out any minute.

Not to be disrespectful, but has an owner and his franchise ever died on the same day?

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Anyone know who Vegas is picking?

Game picks from the Sportacular app:

lobcityhawaii
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The Hawaii results does not surprise me that much. Lots of people in Hawaii like the Lakers, but I'm a huge Clipper fan! However, the people who aren't Laker fans here hate the Lakers a lot!

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Why am I not looking forward to this game? I should be extra excited but I am not

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^ Go smoke a bowl or sip some brew wink It shall be a great game tonight, I'm excited to see our bench beat their starters.

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Our defense will overwhelm them and we will run there ass off , Howard never runs back and DJ should have his way with him ,but I believe the surprise gm will be from Bledsoe he is due ( blocking Kobe s **** ) yes clippers by at least 15 !!!

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102 86 LAC wins!

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I hope so! We definitely can and should win by double figures but we could have an off game or Lakers could get lucky.

xldicelx
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would be something is Ginny did start our bench just to give the flakers the middle bird. Lol

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OKC are taking a beating in the 1st qtr in the final re-run.

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haha, well said.

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Fakers will emlbload while the clippers blow them out !! Our bench will be killing it !!

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Staples better turn on the lights over the crowd so that a national tv crowd can watch faker fans leaving early !

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I am just seeing LBJ destroying Durant right now. Did anyone see Durant whine and pout on two no calls(when there was nothing to call?). The crowd was also whining as well and the refs gave the OKC even more calls in their favor. Durant really has turned into a diva.

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CP3Heliflopter wrote:
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OKC are taking a beating in the 1st qtr in the final re-run.

I am just seeing LBJ destroying Durant right now. Did anyone see Durant whine and pout on two no calls(when there was nothing to call?). The crowd was also whining as well and the refs gave the OKC even more calls in their favor. Durant really has turned into a diva.

If he starts whining enough maybe the refs well have enough and stop giving him special treatment.

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I totally agree heliflop I'm starting to get annoyed by KD lately, he's a bigger Diva than Beyonce out there!!

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CP3Heliflopter wrote:
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OKC are taking a beating in the 1st qtr in the final re-run.

I am just seeing LBJ destroying Durant right now. Did anyone see Durant whine and pout on two no calls(when there was nothing to call?). The crowd was also whining as well and the refs gave the OKC even more calls in their favor. Durant really has turned into a diva.

I agree. He wasn't even fouled on that play where he fell down hard. Blake Griffin gets fouled harder than that every game.

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Man the Heat just have another gear. Its obvious that they usually don't even try in most regular season games. They used that extra gear to get revenge on us and its clear that they outclass the OKC right now.

Also Durant is just playing like **** and the OKC getting a lot of calls in their favor. 2:1 PF ratio.

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Yeah it's really making me think the Heat are the team to beat.

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If the Thunder lose and we win (likely to happen) we can cover a lot of ground on the 2nd seed

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Silasie wrote:
CP3Heliflopter wrote:
Man the Heat just have another gear. Its obvious that they usually don't even try in most regular season games. They used that extra gear to get revenge on us and its clear that they outclass the OKC right now.

Also Durant is just playing like ****.

Yeah it's really making me think the Heat are the team to beat.

Well they are the nba champions so that shouldn't be a surprise. Razz

LBJ is just too good. Durant has a long way to go if he wants to surpass him.

Lebron's jump shot is automatic this season. Its crazy.

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