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Clippers’ Patrick Beverley reveals what made the difference for the Lakers in Battle of LA

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For once, Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley had something nice to say about the crosstown rival Los Angeles Lakers.

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.