Clippers hold off Lakers with flurry of late 3-pointers

LOS ANGELES — When it counted, the Lakers had twos, but the Clippers had threes.

In the first meeting between the Staples Center co-tenants this season, the Clippers (12-11) managed to hang on for a 119-115 victory over the Lakers, thanks to a trio of 3-pointers by Luke Kennard and Marcus Morris Sr. in the final 1:12. It helped them outlast the likes of LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook as the Lakers fell to 12-12.

After the last bucket by Morris – a tough, contested fade that banked off the glass with 7.6 seconds left – Davis threw up his hands as if to ask what else he could do to stop the 3-point onslaught in the final minute. Morris’ 21 points paced the team.

“Our guys kept their composure,” coach Ty Lue said. “I thought we controlled that game from start to finish, and even when they did make their run, we was able to come out of timeouts and execute, get some good plays, good shots — we trusted the pass tonight.”

It finished an evening when the Clippers’ 3-point shooting (16 for 35) helped float them. Paul George was held to 19 points on 20 shots, defended for much of the night by his former teammate Westbrook. But the Clippers spread the ball around with 28 assists against just 10 turnovers. Six Clippers scored in double figures.

Kennard (19 points) hit the decisive shots. At…

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