There is little to no doubt about it. Both the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers are two of the best teams in the NBA right now. The Lakers might be a little bit better in the standings, but the Clippers are still going to be a threat once the playoffs begin. Both teams got victories on Saturday, with the Lakers doing so on the road at the Houston Rockets and the Clippers winning at the Pelicans in New Orleans. The Lakers’ win was largely keyed by a strong third quarter performance in which they outscored the Rockets 32-17.
LeBron James had a big double-double with 31 points and 12 assists as well, canceling out the 35 that Russell Westbrook put up. James was so good, in fact, that ‘MVP’ chants could be heard at stages. James Harden had 34 in the defeat, showing Houston need more help from the other ‘non-superstar’ players in the 124-115 loss. The Clippers, meanwhile, got a narrow 133-130 win over the Pelicans thanks to a late fourth quarter rally. Kawhi Leonard scored 39 points for them as they ‘won’ the final period by 11 to ease away and grab the win that takes them up to 30-13 on the season. Derrick Favors led the Pelicans with 22 points, with a perfect 10/10 from the floor.