Lakers Vs. Clippers: Battle Of L.A. Important In NBA Playoff Race For First Time In A Long Time

Chris Paul and Blake Griffin will attempt to defend their home court against Kobe Bryant and the Lakers in the Battle of LA. In a fun turn of events, the late-season meeting actually means something as far as NBA playoff implications are concerned.

The battle of the Staples Center's top occupants went through a long period where the Los Angeles Lakers were always expected to prevail over the Los Angeles Clippers. That isn't quite the case anymore, however, making Wednesday night's contest an interesting affair.

Chris Paul and the Clippers have a chance to defeat the Lakers for the first time in a season series in quite some time (19 years to be exact) as they look to gain on the top spot in the Pacific Division. Kobe Bryant and the Lakers currently lead the division by 1.5 games, but the Clippers have momentum on their side.

Blake Griffin and CP3 have helped lead Los Angeles' other team to a six-game winning streak, their longest since March 31, 1992. Randy Foye was the catalyst in the team's most win, however, as he made eight of his 15 three-point attempts on the way to 28 points while continue an impressive stretch from beyond the arc.

The Lakers held on for a four-point victory over the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday night as Andrew Bynum watched the game from the bench due to a sprained left ankle. Pau Gasol picked up the slack in the frontcourt while Ramon Sessions and Kobe Bryant continued to excel as a backcourt tandem scoring a combined 43 points to go with 14 assists and 13 rebounds.

For more on the Lakers, check out Silver Screen and Roll. The best Clippers blog on the internet can be found at Clips Nation.

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