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Clippers show fight in taking out Lakers

LOS ANGELES — Although the Clippers were seconds away from finishing off the Lakers, Blake Griffin and Lamar Odom refused to stop grinding.

That competition led to a confrontation, which led to a minor shoving match, which led to a major scrum and four ejections.

Eric Gordon had 30 points and Griffin 18 points and 15 rebounds in the Clippers' 99-92 win Sunday. Baron Davis added 14 points and eight assists as the Clippers won for the fourth time in five games.

"We have a good rivalry," Gordon said. "We always look forward to playing against these guys, and it's always real interesting."

Odom's scuffle with Griffin and Davis with 5.7 seconds left was the attention-grabber.

While Randy Foye hit a free throw to put the Clippers up 99-90, Griffin slammed into Odom's back while seeking position for a rebound. Odom grabbed Griffin's jersey and verbally expressed his displeasure.

"Maybe I overreacted, but I just feel like if you're up nine, a ram in the back at that point?" Odom asked.

Griffin ducked and tried to walk away. Then Davis shoved Odom in the chest, and both teams circled under the basket.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Tony Parker had 30 points and the NBA-best Spurs won their sixth in a row, 110-97 over the visiting Nuggets.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Nets officials expect to meet this week with Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony to discuss a trade and contract extension, ESPN.com reported. … Bulls forward Carlos Boozer (sprained left ankle) didn't travel to Memphis.

Clippers 99, Lakers 92

L.A. LAKERS (92): Artest 3-10 3-4 10, Gasol 4-9 5-7 13, Bynum 7-11 4-4 18, Fisher 1-8 0-0 2, Bryant 8-17 10-13 27, Odom 4-8 1-1 10, Blake 0-1 2-2 2, Brown 3-9 2-2 8, Walton 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 31-75 27-33 92.

L.A. CLIPPERS (99): Gomes 3-9 1-1 7, Griffin 7-20 4-7 18, Jordan 4-9 0-1 8, Davis 6-13 0-0 14, Gordon 13-20 0-2 30, Aminu 1-3 1-2 4, Bledsoe 1-3 0-0 2, Foye 2-4 3-4 9, Diogu 1-6 5-6 7. Totals 38-87 14-23 99.

L.A. Lakers 22 23 26 21— 92

L.A. Clippers 27 17 24 31— 99

3-Point GoalsL.A. Lakers 3-20 (Odom 1-3, Artest 1-3, Bryant 1-7, Blake 0-1, Brown 0-2, Fisher 0-4), L.A. Clippers 9-21 (Gordon 4-7, Davis 2-3, Foye 2-4, Aminu 1-2, Griffin 0-1, Gomes 0-4). Fouled OutGasol. ReboundsL.A. Lakers 50 (Bynum 13), L.A. Clippers 58 (Jordan, Griffin 15). AssistsL.A. Lakers 12 (Bryant 5), L.A. Clippers 28 (Davis 8). Total FoulsL.A. Lakers 23, L.A. Clippers 23. TechnicalsArtest, Bynum, Odom, L.A. Lakers defensive three second, Davis, Griffin. Ejected—Artest, Odom, Davis, Griffin. A19,905 (19,060).

Spurs 110, Nuggets 97

DENVER (97): Anthony 5-17 2-3 12, Martin 3-5 0-2 6, Nene 6-10 5-6 17, Billups 2-8 3-4 7, Afflalo 5-11 2-3 12, Harrington 6-13 2-2 18, Smith 5-10 1-2 12, Ely 0-1 2-2 2, Lawson 4-9 0-0 9, Forbes 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 37-86 17-24 97.

SAN ANTONIO (110): Jefferson 2-6 4-8 10, Duncan 3-7 3-4 9, Blair 1-3 1-1 3, Parker 11-15 6-6 30, Ginobili 5-15 7-7 18, Hill 3-5 5-6 14, McDyess 3-4 0-0 6, Splitter 2-3 2-4 6, Neal 5-10 1-1 14, Quinn 0-0 0-0 0, Owens 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-68 29-37 110.

Denver 24 21 22 30— 97

San Antonio 20 37 25 28— 110

3-Point GoalsDenver 6-16 (Harrington 4-8, Smith 1-2, Lawson 1-2, Nene 0-1, Afflalo 0-3), San Antonio 11-22 (Neal 3-5, Hill 3-5, Parker 2-2, Jefferson 2-4, Ginobili 1-6). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDenver 43 (Nene 7), San Antonio 54 (Duncan 16). AssistsDenver 21 (Billups, Smith, Nene 4), San Antonio 24 (Ginobili 7). Total FoulsDenver 27, San Antonio 19. TechnicalsAnthony, Billups. A18,581 (18,797).

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