NBA wrap: Lakers fall back in playoff race with loss to Clippers

The Lakers entered Monday's matchup looking to move toward playoff contention against the Clippers, but fell short 113-105.

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The Lakers are facing an uphill battle.

The Lakers entered Monday's matchup looking to move back into playoff contention against the Clippers, but fell short 113-105.

Despite a 27 point, eight rebound and six assist performance from LeBron James and a triple-double from Rajon Rondo, the Lakers were just outmatched.

Brandon Ingram did not play in the contest because of a shoulder injury.

Danilo Gallinari led the way for the Clippers with 23 points while Lou Williams chipped in 21 of his own.

The Lakers have dropped to 30-34, while the Clippers extended their winning streak to three games and improved to 37-29.

Studs of the Night

Julius Randle totaled 30 points and eight rebounds in the Pelicans' 115-112 victory over the Jazz.

Kelly Oubre Jr.'s 27 points and 13 rebounds led Phoenix past Milwaukee, 114-105.

Duds of the Night

Alex Len scored two points on 0-of-6 shooting as Atlanta fell short to the Heat, 114-113.

Dirk Nowitzki only managed four points on 2-of-13 shooting in the Mavericks' 127-88 loss to the Nets.

Highlights

Knicks rookie Allonzo Trier eluded the defense and rushed to the rim for a big slam on the break against the Kings.

Anthony Davis finished this alley-oop over Rudy Gobert.

What's Next?

Celtics (38-26) at Warriors (44-19) 10:30 p.m. ET — Boston has lost five of its last six games and is looking for a quality win. Golden State is the best team in the Western Conference and secured a win against Philadelphia earlier this week. The Celtics need a boost right now, and the Warriors won't be an easy opponent to get one from.