On a night filled with plenty of NBA preseason action, the Lakers and Clippers easily stole the show, and it wasn't even close. The last game of the night, taking place at Staples Center with the Clippers designated as the home team, was the clear main event, and the players showed up ready for battle. In a somewhat atypical preseason affair, both Los Angeles teams came out swinging for 48 minutes, putting on a show along the way.
The Clippers won, 108-103, thanks to a strong effort in the third quarter in which they outscored the Lakers by a 30-17 margin. Blake Griffin and Chris Paul did their part, with the former shouldering the scoring load and the latter serving as the distributor in the win. Paul scored just seven points, but finished with a game-high 10 assists. Griffin, on the other hand, scored a game-high 30 points while also grabbing six rebounds and dishing out seven assists.
Considering this was just a preseason game, the chippy nature of the matchup -- at one point, both teams engaged in a minor shoving match -- and the high-level of intensity were surprising, but entertaining nonetheless. And the lobs ... oh, the lobs.
LeBron James scored a game-high 27 points, but the Miami Heat fell to the Orlando Magic, 104-100. Dwight Howard scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the loss. Dwyane Wade added 21 points in the loss while Glen Davis scored a team-high 18 points for the Magic.
The Boston Celtics emptied the bench, playing everyone on the roster except for Paul Pierce (injury), in an 81-73 win over the Toronto Raptors. Rajon Rondo scored a team-high 17 points and E'Twaun Moore came off the bench to add 11 points in the win. Andrea Bargnani scored a team-high 20 points in the loss as Toronto opted to use a much shorter rotation.
Newcomers Chris Kaman and Eric Gordon scored 18 and 17 points, respectively, as the New Orleans Hornets downed the Memphis Grizzlies, 95-80. Josh Selby played 12 minutes for the Grizzlies, scoring two points in the loss.
Michael Beasley hit two free throws with under 10 seconds to go as the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Milwaukee Bucks, 85-84. Kevin Love tweaked his left ankle, though he downplayed the injury after the game.
Kawhi Leonard hit a deep two with just about five seconds to go to propel the San Antonio Spurs to a 97-95 win over the Houston Rockets. Marcus Morris scored 20 points -- 15 of which came in the second quarter -- for the Rockets in the loss.
The Utah Jazz exacted revenge for an earlier 20-point loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, taking Wednesday night's matchup by a final score of 92-89. C.J. Miles led the Jazz with 17 points while Raymond Felton scored the same in a losing effort for the Blazers.