The Lakers vs the Clippers was the most anticipated matchup of the start of the 2019-2020 NBA season. LeBron James, left, and Anthony Davis, right, took on Kawhi Leonard and the L.A. Clippers at the Staples Center on Tuesday, Oct. 22.
The Lakers shot out of the gate like a cannon, scoring easy layups, dunks and three point shots over the Clippers' seemingly weak defense. For a while it looked like the Lakers would coast to an easy victory.
Then Kawhi Leonard took over, hitting seven straight shots to show he meant business. The superstar, who led the Toronto Raptors to their first NBA championship earlier this year, finished the night with 30 points as the Clippers upended their crosstown rivals by a score of 112-102.
LeBron finished with 18 points and 9 rebounds. It wasn't his best night in a Lakers uniform. He had three of the Lakers' six turnovers. "That was just very careless and they capitalized off of it," he said after the game.
The Lakers and the Clippers will face each other three times in the regular season. But, for now, Kawhi owns the L.A. bragging rights.
?LeBron James keeps the big picture in mind during his postgame media session following the season opener. pic.twitter.com/znJ26cF5Nd
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