The Lakers upset the Clippers on Tuesday night at Staples Center, opening the season with a stunning bench performance. Heading into the fourth quarter with a four-point deficit, the combination of Jordan Farmar, Jodie Meeks, Xavier Henry, Wesley Johnson and Jordan Hill completely overwhelmed the Clippers. Henry led all scorers with a career-high 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting. Farmar had 16 with six assists. Coach Mike D'Antoni stuck with the lineup through the entire period, letting the group close out against the Clippers' stars. Griffin led the Clippers with 19 points. DeAndre Jordan had 17 points with 11 rebounds. Pau Gasol also had a double-double with 15 points, 13 rebounds and four assists. Paul had a double-double as well with 15 points and 11 assists. The Lakers shot 45.2% from the field for the game but shot 48.3% from three-point range (14-29). The Clippers hit 49.2% and 38.1%, respectively. Despite 19 turnovers, the Lakers made up for some of their miscues with 30 second-chance points to the Clippers' 16. The Clippers turned the ball over 16 times. While he didn't put numbers on the stat sheet, newcomer Johnson was a major factor in the final run, guarding All-Star forward Blake Griffin. The Lakers improve to 1-0 on the season. They'll play again Wednesday night in Oakland against the Golden State Warriors. The play of the bench could indirectly help on the second-night of a back-to-back given Gasol’s 24 minutes was the most of any starter Tuesday. Steve Nash played just over 20 minutes, scoring three points with five assists.
Lakers' bench fuels 116-103 victory over Clippers in opener
Los Angeles Times | Oct 30