The Los Angeles Lakers would take on the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for the Battle of Los Angeles on opening night.
This game lived up to the hype. At one point in this game, the Clippers led by as many as 14 points in the third-quarter.
The Lakers went on a run in that third-quarter and Danny Green was unconscious. He finished with 28 points on 71.4 percent shooting along with seven rebounds, one block, and two steals. The game was tied at 85 after three quarters, but the Los Angeles Clippers prevailed in a 112-102 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Kawhi Leonard led the way for the Clippers with 30 points on 52.6 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed six rebounds, recorded five assists, blocked one shot, and recorded two steals.
The rest of the starters combined for 22 points.
The Los Angeles Clippers bench went off for 60 points. Montrezl Harrell scored 17 points on 63.6 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed seven rebounds, recorded four assists, blocked one shot, and recorded one steal.
Lou Williams scored 21 points on 57.1 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed five rebounds and recorded seven assists. Williams also recorded one steal.
Anthony Davis and Lebron James played together for the first time in an NBA regular season game in this contest. They played great through the first three quarters, but they both combined for only two points in the fourth-quarter.
Davis scored 25 points on 38.1 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed 10 rebounds, recorded five assists, blocked two shots, and recorded one steal.
James scored 18 points on 36.8 percent shooting. He also grabbed nine rebounds, recorded eight assists, blocked one shot, and recorded one steal.
The Lakers bench only scored 19 points. Troy Daniels and Jared Dudley each scored six points.
The Los Angeles Lakers led by as many as 11 points in the first-half.
Both of these teams had at least one key injury in this game. Kyle Kuzma was out for this game for the Los Angeles Lakers with a back injury.
Paul George was out for this game for the Los Angeles Clippers because of a shoulder injury and he is still recovering from offseason surgery and George’s projected return month is November.
These two teams will play each other three more times this season. The Lakers next game will be against the Utah Jazz at home on Friday night. The Clippers next game will be against the Golden State Warriors on the road on Thursday night.