The LA Clippers marched into Staples Center for a road contest against the Los Angeles Lakers having lost two straight. But on Friday night,  club, led by Paul George and Tyronn Lue, ended a three-game losing streak, defeating LeBron James and the Lakers, 119-115.

LeBron James finished with 23 points, 11 rebounds, and six assist while Anthony Davis added 27 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists for the Lakers.

Paul George nearly accumulated with a triple double, finishing with 19 points, eight rebounds, nine assists, and two steals in a game-high 39 minutes. He was matched in the scoring department by Luke Kennard, who also had 19 points, four rebounds, and four three-pointers. It was Marcus Morris, however, who led the Clippers in scoring Friday, finishing with a season-high 21 points on 6-of-9 shooting from three.

“When the ball’s moving and you’re making the right play, everyone’s going to get shots,” Tyronn Lue said postgame. “And that’s what makes offense fun. But when you hold it, and we don’t take the best shots at times, it can get frustrating. So, I told them, defensively, that’s when it’s supposed to be hard and you don’t want to do it. But offense is supposed to be fun. You’re supposed to enjoy offense, and we haven’t been doing it the last eight, 10 games. So seeing us tonight, that’s how we gotta play. That’s the blueprint right there.

The Clippers had six players finish in double-figure scoring, and doesn’t even include Serge Ibaka or Eric Bledsoe, who finished with nine and eight points, respectively. The team also dished out 28 assists on 41 made field goals, knocked down 88 percent of their free throws, and finished with just nine turnovers.

“That’s when we’re clicking,” Paul George said of plethora of scoring spread among his teammates. “That’s when we’re playing our best, when everybody is contributing. This is not a one-man team by no means. We rely on everybody and that’s what makes us a team. Everybody contributes and helps.”

The first half between these two teams was a slugfest. The Clippers shot just 39.5 percent to the Lakers’ 44.4 percent. The Lakers also couldn’t stop fouling, sending the Clippers to the free throw line 20 times in the first half.

The Clippers did lose another offensive board battle Friday, 13-6, but the Lakers were dismal at cleaning up the misses and converting them into points.

“We needed to play big,” Paul George added. “This team is, you know, our Achilles heel is rebounding and they kill teams on the boards. So coming into tonight we needed to play big, kind of counter what they have out there with Dwight and AD, Bron. You know, so that was just the emphasis to play big, come out and match up against them. And it paid off.

Entering the game, Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said Paul George could return following a one-game absence. George did, but that mean’t he’d be replacing someone else in the starting unit.

Out went Eric Bledsoe to the second unit. In came Paul George alongside Reggie Jackson, Marcus Morris, Serge Ibaka, and Ivica Zubac. The ‘Big’ lineup, as the Clippers are currently calling it.

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“I thought Big Serge and Big Zu did a good job at the basket, just protecting the basket,” Lue explained. “Especially in that first quarter when Russ and LeBron had some driving lanes, they were able to clog it up, even when we got beat. And then we were also able to rebound the ball pretty well, as well. So, I thought they did a good job, Serge made some threes at the four, usually his advantage is the five because he can pop and he can’t get back, but he made a couple shots — but I just thought defensively, it really set the tone for us, we was able to have a physicality.”

The Clippers went with LeBron James and Anthony Davis at the five early and often, but especially in the fourth quarter. That put the Clippers in difficult situations where they needed to space the floor out. Defensively, the Lakers also doubled Paul George, forcing others to beat them in the fourth and final period.

That’s where a hero emerged in the form of Luke Kennard, behind some fantastic play-calls by Tyronn Lue.

“I just thought we executed really well,” Kennard said. “You know, they put pressure on PG a lot and it just kind of opened up everything else for everybody and they made the right plays and I was just able to knock down some shots.

“T has told us you know each night, it could be somebody different. We have guys that are capable of having big nights. And it’s just continuing to play the right way, trusting in each other, and a lot of credit to T Lue. He was seeing things and next time down, he was just kind of orchestrating everything, getting us in the right spots, and it worked. So it’s just something that we just have to build off of, as a group. And I thought we did a good job of executing and just trusting each other tonight.”

Luke Kennard, Paul George, and Isaiah Hartenstein all showed love to Lue after the game for his decision making and adjustments in crunch time. Heck, even Anthony Davis and LeBron James praised Tyronn Lue in their postgame pressers.

“T-Lue is great,” LeBron James said. “Simple as that. Obviously you guys know I played for him and what we was able to do. T-Lue is great. he’s great at every facet of the game. As a coach, he doesn’t have a weakness.”

Paul George and the Clippers will have to quickly forget this one as they travel to Sacramento to take on the Kings in the second-night of a back-to back. In total, they’ll have a quick, two-game road trip along the West Coast.

LeBron James and the Lakers will remain home and rest for the time being Their next game is Tuesday night against the visiting Boston Celtics.