LAKERS AT CLIPPERS, 7:30 p.m. Friday. TV: ESPN.
The Clippers don't own Los Angeles, but they have inquired about a season-long lease. The city's allegedly lesser NBA team also happens to be the one with the league's best winning percentage and a franchise-record 16-game winning streak. Meanwhile, the Lakers are happy to be back to .500 after two months filled with more turmoil than a Lifetime movie. They have won six of seven games, making their title hopes no longer seem quite so farfetched.