Lakers-Clippers Preview

The Los Angeles Clippers know exactly what the Los Angeles Lakers are going through, and they're not about to show any mercy.

The Clippers look to sweep the series with their Staples Center co-tenants for the second time in three seasons Tuesday night when they try to administer another beatdown to complete a home-and-home set.

While the Clippers (52-26) are fighting to claim home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, they've also turned this rivalry into a one-sided affair of late. On Sunday, Doc Rivers' team won for the 10th time in 11 games, a 106-78 thrashing which resigned the Lakers to their franchise-record 56th defeat.

''I don't know what it is, but it's just like playing your high school (rival),'' Rivers said after the Clippers set a team record with a sixth straight win over the Lakers. ''It's a rivalry, you know. It is, but it's not. But you know each other. Whenever you know each other, you know the game has meaning.''

All the meaningful stats have heavily tilted the Clippers way as they've won 10 of 11 between the teams. It was the second straight meeting they enjoyed a lead as large as 43 points and the sixth time they've won by at least 23 in this 11-game run.

Since the start of the 2012-13 season, the Clippers have averaged 115.6 points on 50.6 percent shooting - 42.4 percent from 3-point range - and have outscored the Lakers (20-56) by 18.8 points per game.

"I go back to the first game we played them last year," guard J.J. Redick told the team's official website. "We lost the game, and (Rivers) kept saying we came out to entertain instead of compete. He said that to us every time we played them since. I think we haven't lost since that game against them."

Yet the Clippers have provided plenty of entertainment in establishing themselves as the best team in Los Angeles, living up to their "Lob City" moniker with Chris Paul setting up Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan for an array of thunderous dunks and alley-oops - including one from the star guard to Griffin off the backboard in the second half Sunday.

Paul, who finished with 15 assists, has run rampant against the Lakers - averaging 19.0 points and 11.7 assists in his last 10 games while recording more steals (29) than turnovers (21).

"I still think he's one of the best point guards in the league, and I think definitely with the way he's playing this season, some of the injuries they've had, he definitely should be in the conversation (for MVP)," Lakers coach Byron Scott told the league's official website.

Griffin has averaged 24.0 points on 58.2 percent shooting in his last 11 versus the Lakers, and Jordan has shot 67.5 percent while contributing 10.8 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. Jordan also carries a nine-game streak of double-doubles versus the Lakers into this contest.

Sunday capped a disastrous 0-3 homestand for the Lakers, who averaged 82.3 points on 40.4 percent shooting while being outscored by a combined 79 points.

''I don't fully understand the context or the history of everything between the two organizations, but it doesn't matter to me that much, to be honest,'' said first-year Lakers guard Jeremy Lin. ''What happened tonight is definitely not a good feeling, so we want to try to make sure that doesn't happen again on Tuesday.''

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