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LOS ANGELES — The Lakers and Clippers brought meaning to the regular season by offering an NBA playoff preview.

The Lakers finished with a 112-103 win over the Clippers in a nationally-televised game Sunday at Staples Center, which offered more of a complete picture than when the Clippers won the first two regular-season matchups. The Clippers won on opening night without Paul George, but the Lakers were just figuring out the LeBron James-Anthony Davis dynamic, new role players and a new coaching staff. The full-strength Clippers won again on Christmas Day, but James nursed soreness in his left groin during that game.

On Sunday, the Lakers and Clippers showed what a presumed playoff series would look like in two months. Both teams stressed not to feed into such story lines.

Said Clippers coach Doc Rivers: “If we win this game or lose this game and we played them in the playoffs, this games means nothing in some ways.”

Said Lakers coach Frank Vogel: “When the playoffs start, all of these regular-season games won’t matter.”



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