Clippers beaten at their own game

A four-point lead heading into the fourth quarter and the Clippers were facing an untested group of reserves trying to keep the Lakers in the game.
“We just couldn’t put them away,” Jamal Crawford said. “We’d go up four, we’d go up six, they just hung around. I have to watch the tape. They just continued to hang around, hang around, and we ended up giving them some chances.”
The Clippers not only gave up 41 points in the fourth quarter in a 116-103 season-opening loss to the Lakers, they gave up 48 consecutive points to the Lakers’ reserves.
The pride of the Clippers in 2012-13 was one of the top benches in the league. They opened this season by being outscored by the second unit, 76-34.

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