Two teams. One city.
It was all up for grabs.
Momentary citywide bragging rights, pride, kicks supremacy.
In a closely contested second battle of Los Angeles that included four ejections, the Clippers wrested a 99-92 win away from the city rival Lakers last night. Each team’s key players stepped up, some before getting thrown out. Blake Griffin led the Clippers low post attack with 18 points and 15 rebounds in his newly adopted Nike Air Max Fly By, Eric Gordon took care of the scoring load with 30 points in his adidas adiZero Infiltrate, and Baron Davis chipped in 14 points and 8 assists in his Li-Ning BD Doom.
The Lakers were led by Kobe Bryant’s 27 points in the Nike Zoom Kobe VI and Andrew Bynum’s 18 points and 13 rebounds in the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse.
After an altercation late in the fourth quarter between Griffin and Lamar Odom, both players, as well as Baron Davis and Ron Artest, were ejected. While the win didn’t change the city’s basketball pecking order, it added more backstory to a rivalry that suddenly seems more evenly matched than each team’s record might indicate, and brightened the spotlight on the kicks called upon to perform.
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