Griffin hurt; Clippers hang on to beat Lakers 120-115

Los Angeles CA USA Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin moves the ball against Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Blake Griffin suffered a left knee injury during Monday's win by the Clippers over the Lakers.

Griffin became tangled with Lakers guard Lonzo Ball and Clippers guard Austin Rivers beneath the Lakers' basket as the scrum dived for a loose ball with 4:43 remaining in regulation.

The Clippers are already reeling from the loss of shutdown defender and team leader Patrick Beverley with season-ending knee surgery.

It was his third 40-plus point game and the first time a Clipper had scored at least that much since Griffin had 43 on February 26 at Charlotte. Since neither of those players is a natural playmaker, Griffin has led the Clippers with 5.1 assists per game.

"We just had to continue to push", Williams said. Williams had a season-high 42 points, 14 in the decisive fourth quarter.

"There was some miscommunication, and (Williams) got hot from three", Ball said of the difference between the teams late in the game.


Ball finished with three points on 1 of 7 shooting for the Lakers, who were coming off a four-day break after dropping six of nine games.

Williams had a dunk and DeAndre Jordan noticed.

NOTES: Lakers rookie F Kyle Kuzma, the team's leading scorer at 16.8 points per game, returned to a reserve role with Larry Nance Jr. returning from a broken bone in his left hand. Kuzma's double-double was a single-game high for an National Basketball Association rookie this season. "The total number of minutes won't be the same", Walton said.

Since the Lakers have been much better defensively this season, the game against the Clippers could have just been an off night for them. Now, he's about to miss eight weeks.

After the game, he left without speaking to reporters but wasn't on crutches, according to multiple reports. The Clippers have won 20 of the last 22 matchups.

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