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Lakers at Clippers draws big numbers on ESPN

January 08, 2013|By Eric Pincus
  • Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) strips the ball away from Clippers guard Chris Paul in the second half.
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) strips the ball away from Clippers guard Chris… (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles…)

The Lakers lost 107-102 Friday, visiting the Clippers in a game that was broadcast nationally on ESPN.

The "Battle for L.A." telecast gave the network its best NBA regular-season overnight rating (2.7) in nearly two years, according to ESPN.

Locally in Los Angeles, the game posted a 5.7 rating, the second-highest-rated NBA regular-season game ever in the market.

Historically, the Lakers have been a big draw, but the Clippers, who have the best overall record in the league at 27-8, are the talk of the NBA.

The Lakers got 38 points out of Kobe Bryant and nearly overtook the Clippers in a fourth-quarter rally. Chris Paul scored his team's final eight points to seal the victory.

The local rivals will meet again Feb. 14, a Lakers home game.

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Email Eric Pincus at eric.pincus@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @EricPincus.

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