Halftime: Clippers 60, Lakers 57

Josh Powell started in place of injured power forward Pau Gasol, who sat out for the third consecutive game because of a strained right hamstring. Lamar Odom did not play for the second straight game because of a bruised right lower leg. Luke Walton didn’t play for the third game in a row because of a sore back. They all would have been fit enough to play if this had been a regular-season game, Lakers coach Phil Jackson said before tonight’s game. Craig Smith led the Clippers to a three-point lead with 16 points on 5-for-9 shooting. Shannon Brown had 13 points for the Lakers.

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