Minutes after the game ended in defeat for the Lakers, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony and Rajon Rondo gathered in the locker room to watch the replay of the grueling three-point Marcus Morris Sr. the last stake in their hearts.
At least since that three-pointer, the Clippers have played better defensively than the previous two by Luke Kennard.
Davis challenged the shot by extending his right hand high in the air, but not high enough to stop Morris from hammering in a three and putting the Clippers ahead with six points with seven seconds left.
“You take your hat off to him,” Davis said.
Here are three takeaways from the Lakers’ 119-115 loss to the Clippers Friday night at the Staples Center:
1) The Lakers’ three-point defense was used by the Clippers in the fourth quarter.
Even if the Lakers felt they were defending well against Clippers’ three-pointers, they still saw their colleagues do all five of their threes in the fourth.
Kennard hit three of them, his three-pointer put the Lakers on hole 113-109 one minute 12 seconds before the end, and his three-pointers left the Lakers with a 116-111 loss 37.5 seconds before the game.
Then three-pointer Morris closed the door.
For the game, the Lakers allowed the Clippers to make 45.7% of their 3-pointers.
“We were only one step late,” said Lakers coach Frank Vogel. “We had one break when we left Luke in the corner and a couple when AD had great competition with the guys. They hit hard. “
2) Davis went on the free-throw line twice at the end of the game to level the score. He was unable to convert any of the strikes.
In many ways, the difficulties that Davis faced on the free throw line were the problem of the whole team.
The Lakers have implemented just 61.9% of the free throws, making 13 of 21.
Davis was seven of 11 off the line.
He had two free throws from 6:02 to finish and the Lakers lost two, but Davis only made one.
He had two free throws from 4:47 to the end and the Lakers lost two, but Davis again made only one.
“It starts with me. I missed four, ”Davis said of the Lakers’ penalty problems. “They were coming in and out. They were beautiful …. As for us, we should be better. Go up there and take your time. Just let it go with confidence. We work on them in practice, shoot them in practice and hopefully in the game we shoot them down. “
3) Malik Monk conceded all three shots in the first half and did not score.
But in the second half he was a different player with 20 points.
He was eight out of 12 from the field, four out of six on a three-pointer.
“You never know how things will go,” Monk said. “I can have a night like today, or I can have six points. You never know how things will go, but I just have to try to find light buckets. “