LOS ANGELES - Chris Paul scored 30 points and had 13 assists, Blake Griffin added 24 points, and the Los Angeles Clippers led all the way in beating the Lakers 107-102 on Friday night.
Kobe Bryant 38 points and Dwight Howard had 21 points and 15 rebounds for the Lakers, but still fell short and lost for the second time this season to the Clippers.
Bryant carried the Lakers in the fourth quarter when they closed to 99-97 on his 23-foot jumper with 1:29 left. But Paul scored the Clippers' final eight points to seal the victory and drop the Lakers two games below .500. The Clippers lead the Lakers by 10 games in the standings.
The Lakers continue to struggle under new coach Mike D'Antoni. They've lost three of their last four games.