Clippers’ Patrick Beverley reveals what made the difference for the Lakers in Battle of LA
After getting blasted in their first two encounters of the season, the Western Conference-leading squad finally managed to get one over the Clippers on Sunday with a decisive 112-103 victory inside the Staples Center.
Beverley, who has been throwing shade at the Lakers throughout the season, changed his tune shortly after the loss. The 31-year-old guard credited the Purple and Gold for coming in prepared on Sunday.
“They came out with a lot more juice. You beat a team twice, you gotta expect that third time you play them. They gameplan really well. You have to give them a lot of credit. They came in ready to play today,” Patrick Beverley said, per Clippers reporter Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times.
The Lakers were indeed locked-in from the opening tip, leaning on their two superstars Anthony Davis and LeBron James who combined for 58 points. The Clippers, however, were blindsided by defensive-minded guard Avery Bradley, who produced a season-high 24 markers.
Bradley was a menace on the defensive side of the ball, all the while torching his former team from deep going 6-for-12.
Beverley, on the other hand, was unable to put up his usual overall production, tallying just two points, four boards, one assist, and one steal in 26 minutes.
The Lakers (49-13) and the Clippers (43-20) are still two of the best teams in the Western Conference Standings, ranking first and second, respectively. The fourth regular-season “Battle of LA” is scheduled to take place on April 10th.