The Lakers actually trailed briefly in the first half for the first time in two games, falling behind by a point a couple of times. They held the Clippers to 43.2 percent shooting while shooting 55 percent. The Lakers outrebounded the Clippers, 21-17.
Derek Fisher had 13 points at the half, and Andrew Bynum added 10 for the Lakers.
Trevor Ariza provided a spark off the bench, scoring eight points and taking four rebounds in 11 minutes, 25 seconds.
Here’s an interesting pregame observation from Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy on Lamar Odom, the Lakers’ new sixth man: “He’s like the queen on a chess board. He can move from position to position, except maybe center.”