Anthony Davis has scored 30 points while LeBron James added 28 as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Clippers 112-103 on Monday (AEDT), snapping their Staples Centre co-tenants' six-game winning streak.
Avery Bradley added 24 points to help the Lakers win their fourth in a row and 11th in 12 games.
LeBron James’ Lakers won to snap the Clippers’ streak.Credit:Getty Images
They pulled away in the second half after the Clippers' smothering defence helped them lead most of the first two quarters.
Paul George scored 31 points while Kawhi Leonard added 27 for the Clippers as their All-Stars matched the points output of star Lakers duo Davis and James.
However, they could not prevent a first loss to the Lakers in three games this season.
The western-conference leading Lakers recently clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2013, and it's possible they could meet the Clippers in the post-season.
Laker Anthony Davis fouls Kawhi Leonard.Credit:Getty Images
The crowd made it feel like a playoff atmosphere, with a strong contingent of raucous Lakers fans on hand for what was a Clippers' home game.
They chanted "MVP! MVP!" when James completed a three-point play that tied the Lakers' largest lead of 12 points with 40 seconds to play.
Spencer Dinwiddie scored 24 points while Caris LeVert and Joe Harris each added 23 in Brooklyn's 110-107 win over Chicago, a day after the Nets parted ways with coach Kenny Atkinson.
Interim head coach Jacque Vaughn directed the team to a second-straight victory as they cling onto the seventh seed in the eastern conference.
New Orleans' Jrue Holiday putg up a season-high 37 points and added nine rebounds and eight assists for New Orleans, who cruised to a 120-107 defeat of Minnesota.
Zion Williamson added 23 points on 9-for-15 shooting for the Pelicans, who are making a late push for a top-eight spot.
Lonzo Ball had 18 points and eight assists, and Brandon Ingram pitched in 15 points and 12 rebounds to help the Pelicans start a four-game trip with the victory.
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