Lakers Vs Clippers Tickets

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About Los Angeles Lakers – Los Angeles Clippers Rivalry

The Lakers–Clippers rivalry is a National Basketball Association (NBA) rivalry between the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers. The two Pacific Division teams both play their home games at Staples Center in Los Angeles, inspiring their matchups to sometimes be called the “Hallway Series”. The Lakers relocated from Minneapolis in 1960, while the Clippers moved from San Diego in 1984. While Los Angeles fans have historically favored the Lakers, the Clippers have sold out every home game at Staples Center since Feb. 2011 and entered the 2016–17 season with the sixth-longest active sellout streak in the NBA. The Lakers have won 11 of their 16 NBA championships since moving to Los Angeles. Meanwhile, the Clippers have made the playoffs only nine times since 1984 and were long considered the laughingstock of the NBA; in the history of the franchise, they have never advanced past the second round of the playoffs. Some contended that the term rivalry was inaccurate until the Clippers became more successful. The Clippers won the season series against the Lakers in 2012–13. Through the 2017–18 season, the Clippers have won six straight season series. The Lakers hold a 102–54 advantage in the all-time series. The two teams have never met in the playoffs, but came close in 2006.

Following the 2018-19 season which saw Kawhi Leonard lead the Toronto Raptors to their first ever championship, the off-season started with All-NBA forward Anthony Davis being traded to the Lakers in return for the team’ young core (Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart). Lakers added veteran role players like Danny Green, Dwight Howard and Avery Bradley to surround James and Davis. The biggest signing of the summer however was Kawhi Leonard agreeing to join the LA Clippers after week-long rumors of him both staying in Toronto or joining the other LA franchise, the Lakers. Despite having met with both teams, he joined forces with Lou Williams, Patrick Beverly and Montrzell Harrell and newly-acquired Paul George (who was obtained via-trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder).

Both with two pairs of All-NBA talent, the Clippers and the Lakers started the 2019-20 season as the odds-on favorites to win the Western Conference, and poised to become the newest rivalry in the league. The NBA placed marquee matchups between them on opening night and on Christmas Day. Kawhi Leonard, fresh-off a championship effort season, was considered by many media members and fans as the top player in the League after an injury-riddled season for LeBron James and Kevin Durant. However, LeBron James showed no signs of decline at the start of the 2019-20 season, leading his revamped Lakers to a league-best 25-3 record, best start since 1972 in the franchise. At the end of 2019, Lakers and Clippers stand at first and second seed in their Conference, and a potential matchup in the Playoffs is not unlikely.

Staples Center has been the home arena of both teams since 1999. Their locker rooms are 70 feet (21 m) down a concrete-floored hallway from one another, inspiring the series between the two to sometimes be referred to as the “Hallway Series”. The name is patterned after other notable crosstown rivalries such as baseball’s Subway Series in New York, Crosstown Series in Chicago and the Freeway Series in Los Angeles.

The Clippers’ locker room is smaller than the Lakers’. The arena’s seats were originally colored purple, the primary color of the Lakers, as well as the primary colors at the time of construction for the Los Angeles Kings, the National Hockey League (NHL) team that also shares Staples. However, the seats were replaced with black ones in 2005. The Clippers are the only one of the four Staples tenants without any banners hanging to commemorate championships or retired numbers (the team electing to place the banners for their two division titles in their practice facility instead of the Staples Center).

The Lakers and Clippers often play doubleheaders at Staples Center, having played back-to-back games on the same day almost 60 times as of 2012. Separate admission is required for each game, with each team playing a different opponent. In between games, the court is reassembled with the respective home team’s floor, which differ only in their paint scheme. Outside of Los Angeles, the last doubleheader in the NBA was in 1972 at Seattle Center Coliseum, when the Portland Trail Blazers played the Houston Rockets and the Seattle SuperSonics played the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Players, Who Have Played For Both Teams

The following players have played for both the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers:

  • Matt Barnes
  • Brandon Bass
  • Benoit Benjamin
  • Mario Bennett
  • Steve Blake
  • Avery Bradley
  • Tony Brown
  • Reggie Bullock
  • Caron Butler
  • Doug Christie
  • Lester Conner
  • Brian Cook
  • Larry Drew
  • Jared Dudley
  • James Edwards
  • Jordan Farmar
  • Ron Harper
  • Antonio Harvey
  • Antawn Jamison
  • Wesley Johnson
  • Chris Kaman
  • Darius Morris
  • Norm Nixon
  • Lamar Odom
  • Smush Parker
  • Ruben Patterson
  • Josh Powell
  • Vladimir Radmanović
  • Glen Rice
  • David Rivers
  • Sean Rooks
  • Kareem Rush
  • Mike Smrek
  • Lance Stephenson
  • Derek Strong
  • Ronny Turiaf
  • Sasha Vujacic
  • Jamaal Wilkes
  • Lou Williams
  • Von Wafer
  • Nick Young
  • Ivica Zubac

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