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LA Lakers defeat LA Clippers 87-86. With 0.2 seconds left in the game and the Lakers trailing 86-85, Derek Fisher still had the ball in his hands as he was driving for a layup. The ball made its departure with 0.1 seconds left, somehow avoided DeAndre Jordan’s block and made it into the hoop giving the Lakers the win.

All of the principals did their thing: Kobe Bryant with 24 points; Shannon Brown with 16 points; Eric Gordon with 24 points; Blake Griffin with 16 points and 11 rebounds. But the Clippers had the Lakers number despite the Lakers scoring the first eight points of the game. The Clippers manage to hang around and then take the lead in the third period.

It was a lead they wouldn’t give up until the final minute of the game thanks to sloppy ball handling. After Gordon hit a free throw to make it an 84-79 Clippers lead, the Lakers scored six consecutive points aided by Gordon’s bad pass and lost handling. Jordan made a loud dunk to give the Clippers the one-point lead with 15 seconds. Things looked good when Gordon fouled Kobe Bryant before he got a shot off with three seconds remaining with the Clippers having a foul left to give.

But there’s a reason the Lakers are the champs and the Clippers are the Clips.

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TONIGHT’S ACTION

Calgary Flames (26 pts., 12-14-2) at LA Kings (30 pts., 15-10-0). 7:30 p.m. FSWest, AM 1150 KTLK.