Lakers manage to hold off Clippers 130-125 in OT to break an 11-game losing streak in the Los Angeles rivalry

LeBron James put on a stellar performance, gathering 35 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Lakers in a thrilling 130-125 overtime victory against the Los Angeles Clippers. The win snapped the Lakers’ 11-game losing streak against their local rivals.

D’Angelo Russell and Anthony Davis played crucial roles, contributing 27 points each, with Davis also grabbing 10 rebounds. Russell had 27 points while Austin Reaves, with 15 points, played a key role in overtime.

The Clippers, with Kawhi Leonard’s impressive 38 points and Paul George’s 35 points (20 of which came in the fourth quarter), fought hard but fell short. George’s efforts were cut short when he fouled out in overtime.

The Lakers, missing five key players due to injuries, fought back from a 19-point deficit, eventually losing an eight-point lead in the final minutes of regular play. The game was a close battle, with George tying the game with three free throws before Russell missed a shot at the buzzer.

In overtime, the Lakers took the lead with a strong defensive play by Reaves, who then set up a powerful alley-oop to James. Despite Leonard’s valiant efforts, the Lakers secured the win, with Westbrook contributing 24 points against his former team.

The Clippers introduced P.J. Tucker, who played 21 minutes, but his debut was scoreless. Earlier, Harden joined the Clippers in a trade from Philadelphia. Although Harden wasn’t active, the team is optimistic about his future contributions, looking to integrate him into their roster over the next few days.

The Lakers faced adversity, grappling with multiple injuries that limited their player rotation. Despite the challenges, they found ways to overcome the early deficit and wrest the lead from the Clippers in a closely contested game.

Leonard dominated with a career-high 18 points in the first quarter, but the Lakers’ defense tightened up, forcing him to work harder to maintain his scoring momentum. George, despite accumulating five fouls, continued to display a commendable effort throughout the game.

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