Third quarter: Lakers 76, Clippers 75; Tex gets his ring

It seemed like something of an oversight at the time, but the Lakers didn’t mention the return of Tex Winter as the rest of the team received its championship rings before the game. But there was a method to their madness. The Lakers just presented Winter with his ring in a separate ceremony just before the start of the fourth quarter. It turned out to be a nice touch. Winter, a longtime assistant to Lakers coach Phil Jackson and the architect of the triangle offense, suffered a stroke last spring. He has recovered well and looks great, however.