You didn’t even have to look at the NBA’s Opening Night schedule to know what the late game would be. There was no way the league would pass on the chance to have the Lakers and Clippers face off in Los Angeles.
LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the new-look Lakers begin their quest for back-to-back titles on Tuesday. After exiting the NBA “bubble” with the Larry O’Brien Trophy, the Lakers rebuilt their roster and signed both James and Davis to new deals, putting them in position to be a contender for years to come. They unsurprisingly enter the season as the championship favorites.
However, the Clippers remain a threat. The visual of the Clippers walking off the floor after blowing a 3-1 series lead against the Nuggets in the 2020 NBA playoffs may linger for many fans, but coach Tyronn Lue, who replaced Doc Rivers this past offseason, knows he has a talented group capable of making a deep postseason run.
Which team will win the latest battle for LA? Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from Lakers vs. Clippers. Follow for complete results from the NBA’s Opening Night.
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Lakers vs. Clippers score
Lakers vs. Clippers live updates, highlights
(All times Eastern)
12:25 a.m. — Paul George is ON FIRE. He’s up to 31 points on 12-of-17 shooting.
12:20 a.m. — Good news: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is back on the floor. He took a hard hit on a screen by Ivica Zubac, but he is no longer limping.
12:15 a.m. — Uh oh. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is limping back to the bench. He appears to be grabbing his lower left leg.
12:10 a.m. — That classic LeBron James spin move is a thing of beauty.
End of third quarter: Clippers 89, Lakers 78
12 a.m. — Paul George rattles off 10 straight points and pushes the Clippers’ lead to 11 ahead of the final frame. George and Kawhi Leonard each have 22 points.
11:50 p.m. — If Patrick Beverley is telling you to challenge the call, you probably shouldn’t challenge that call.
11:40 p.m. — A rough debut for Lakers center Marc Gasol, who has not taken a shot in 12 minutes of action. He leaves the game after picking up his fifth foul.
11:35 p.m. — Insert obligatory Year 18 comment.
Halftime: Clippers 56, Lakers 54
11:15 p.m. — Well, that 20-point cushion disappeared in a hurry. (Go ahead. Make your Clippers jokes.)
11 p.m. — Kawhi Leonard is familiar with the circle button.
10:55 p.m. — Hey, there’s some offense! Kentavious Caldwell-Pope caps off a 10-0 Lakers run with a 3-pointer, forcing Clippers coach Tyronn Lue to call a timeout.
10:50 p.m. — Both teams have been a little sloppy with the ball so far. The Lakers and Clippers have combined for 20 turnovers, and there are still six minutes remaining in the first half.
End of first quarter: Clippers 39, Lakers 19
10:35 p.m. — The Clippers are cooking a lethargic Lakers defense. They shot 70 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range in the first quarter.
10:25 p.m. — A hot start for Serge Ibaka. The Clippers big man has hit three of his first four field goal attempts and leads all scorers with eight points.
10:15 p.m. — Anthony Davis… still good at basketball.
10:10 p.m. — And here we go. Clippers guard Patrick Beverley scores the first bucket of the game.
9:45 p.m. — The Lakers get their 2020 NBA championship rings. Look at the size of that bad boy.
9:20 p.m. — Speaking of starters, here’s Tyronn Lue’s Opening Night lineup.
Clippers’ starters, per Ty Lue:
— Jovan Buha (@jovanbuha) December 23, 2020
9:10 p.m. — Dennis Schroder wanted to be the Lakers’ starting point guard. Frank Vogel granted his wish.
The Lakers will start Dennis Schroder, last season’s runner-up for the Sixth Man of the Year, at point guard in the season opener tonight against the Clippers, sources tell ESPN.
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) December 23, 2020
Lakers vs. Clippers start time
Time: 10 p.m. ETTV channel: TNTLive stream: Watch TNT
Clippers vs. Lakers is scheduled to start at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Dec. 22. The game will be played at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Lakers announced in November that games at Staples Center will be held without fans “until further notice.”
NBA schedule 2020
Tuesday, Dec. 22
Warriors vs. Nets
Clippers vs. Lakers
Wednesday, Dec. 23
Hornets vs. Cavaliers
Knicks vs. Pacers
Heat vs. Magic
Wizards vs. 76ers
Bucks vs. Celtics
Pelicans vs. Raptors
Hawks vs. Bulls
Thunder vs. Rockets
Spurs vs. Grizzlies
Pistons vs. Timberwolves
Kings vs. Nuggets
Jazz vs. Trail Blazers
Mavericks vs. Suns
Friday, Dec. 25 (Christmas Day)
Pelicans vs. Heat
Warriors vs. Bucks
Nets vs. Celtics
Mavericks vs. Lakers
Clippers vs. Nuggets