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Scott’s Lakers competed way better. But the Clippers still came away with a 105-100 victory before 19,438 at Staples Center. The Clippers (53-26) have now won 11 of their past 12 games. They also swept the four-game season series from the Lakers and have beaten their hallway neighbors seven consecutive times.The Clippers moved into a virtual tie with third-place Memphis (52-25) in the Western Conference, though the standings still show the Clippers in fifth because fourth-place Portland (50-27) won its division.The Lakers were down by just seven points (76-69) after three quarters and by just a point (89-88) with 4:57 left in the game. But J.J. Redick buried a 3-pointer for the Clippers, Redick then made two free throws and Chris Paul threw up a lob pass that was powered down by Matt Barnes, bringing a thunderous applause from the crowd. The Clippers at that point led 96-88 with 3:24 to play and the Lakers (20-57) could not recover.“That’s what I’m talking about,” Scott said. “We competed. We had the effort tonight.”Clippers coach Doc Rivers was not surprised that the Lakers competed much better after what happened Sunday. “Yeah, I mean, you would assume they would,” Rivers said. “And human nature has it the other way. We competed, but we didn’t play very well. But give them credit. I thought they played extremely hard and it was nice to see.”Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 27 points, including two on a 20-footer with 28.3 seconds left for a 100-94 lead, all but sealing the Lakers’ fate. He also had seven rebounds and six assists. Redick also had 27 points and Chris Paul scored 19 points and doled out 10 assists. DeAndre Jordan had eight points and 17 rebounds, and Austin Rivers contributed seven points off the bench.Crawford scored four points on 2-of-7 shooting.“I was OK, I was rusty,” Crawford said. “My legs, I look (at the box score) and it says 19 minutes, it feels like it was 35 minutes. That was to be expected. That was the first time I played 5-on-5 since I actually got hurt.”The Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson, who scored just two points on 1-of-6 shooting Sunday, proved his worth by coming back with a team-high 20 points on 7 of 17 from the field. He also had six assists. Tarik Black scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds, Wesley Johnson had 15 points and Jeremy Lin scored 14.Paul, who again was on Clarkson, praised the rookie for coming back the way he did after his humbling effort two nights earlier.“Jordan played great,” Paul said. “Last game, I think he had six shot attempts. Tonight he had like 17 or something like that in the third quarter. So he was a lot more aggressive.”Clarkson had 16 shot attempts through three quarters, but the Clippers clamped down on him in the fourth, limiting him to one shot five minutes and 17 seconds.“I was just coming in and trying to learn from last game,” Clarkson said. “I didn’t feel like I had any impact on the game (Sunday). So we watched film and put the time in and tried to rebound from it.”It was indeed a difficult win to come by. But the way Griffin sees it, they all count the same.“We always want to play better than we did, but you have to give them credit,” he said. “They hit big shots. During this time of the year, you have to take every win you can get.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers coach Byron Scott is not the type to sugarcoat anything. On Sunday, his team got behind the Clippers by 43 points in the fourth quarter on their way to a 28-point drubbing.Prior to the teams squaring off again Tuesday, Scott was asked what his team needs to do to avoid that same fate.“(Expletive) compete,” he said. “Simple as that.”Except that in this one, the Lakers would have one more important member of the Clippers against whom to compete — sixth man Jamal Crawford. He was back after missing 17 games with a calf injury.