Lakers vs. Clippers live score, updates, highlights from NBA’s 2020-21 season opener

You didn’t even have to look at the NBA’s Opening Night schedule to know what the late game would be. There was no way the league would pass on the chance to have the Lakers and Clippers face off in Los Angeles.

LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the new-look Lakers begin their quest for back-to-back titles on Tuesday. After exiting the NBA “bubble” with the Larry O’Brien Trophy, the Lakers rebuilt their roster and signed both James and Davis to new deals, putting them in position to be a contender for years to come. They unsurprisingly enter the season as the championship favorites.

However, the Clippers remain a threat. The visual of the Clippers walking off the floor after blowing a 3-1 series lead against the Nuggets in the 2020 NBA playoffs may linger for many fans, but coach Tyronn Lue, who replaced Doc Rivers this past offseason, knows he has a talented group capable of making a deep postseason run.

Which team will win the latest battle for LA? Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from Lakers vs. Clippers. Follow for complete results from the NBA’s Opening Night.

MORE: Sporting News’ predictions for 2020-21 NBA season

Lakers vs. Clippers score

  Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Score
Lakers 19 35 54
Clippers 39 17 56

Lakers vs. Clippers live updates, highlights

(All times Eastern)

11:35 p.m. — Insert obligatory Year 18 comment.

Halftime: Clippers 56, Lakers 54

11:15 p.m. — Well, that 20-point cushion disappeared in a hurry. (Go ahead. Make your Clippers jokes.)

11 p.m. — Kawhi Leonard is familiar with the circle button.

10:55 p.m. — Hey, there’s some offense! Kentavious Caldwell-Pope caps off a 10-0 Lakers run with a 3-pointer, forcing Clippers coach Tyronn Lue to call a timeout.

10:50 p.m. — Both teams have been a little sloppy with the ball so far. The Lakers and Clippers have combined for 20 turnovers, and there are still six minutes remaining in the first half.

End of first quarter: Clippers 39, Lakers 19

10:35 p.m. — The Clippers are cooking a lethargic Lakers defense. They shot 70 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range in the first quarter.

10:25 p.m. — A hot start for Serge Ibaka. The Clippers big man has hit three of his first four field goal attempts and leads all scorers with eight points.

10:15 p.m. — Anthony Davis… still good at basketball.

10:10 p.m. — And here we go. Clippers guard Patrick Beverley scores the first bucket of the game.

9:45 p.m. — The Lakers get their 2020 NBA championship rings. Look at the size of that bad boy.

9:20 p.m. — Speaking of starters, here’s Tyronn Lue’s Opening Night lineup.

9:10 p.m. — Dennis Schroder wanted to be the Lakers’ starting point guard. Frank Vogel granted his wish.

Lakers vs. Clippers start time

  • Time: 10 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: TNT
  • Live stream: Watch TNT

Clippers vs. Lakers is scheduled to start at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Dec. 22. The game will be played at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Lakers announced in November that games at Staples Center will be held without fans “until further notice.”

NBA schedule 2020

Tuesday, Dec. 22

Game Time (ET) National TV
Warriors vs. Nets 7 p.m. TNT
Clippers vs. Lakers 10 p.m. TNT

Wednesday, Dec. 23

Game Time (ET) National TV
Hornets vs. Cavaliers 7 p.m.
Knicks vs. Pacers 7 p.m.
Heat vs. Magic 7 p.m.
Wizards vs. 76ers 7 p.m.
Bucks vs. Celtics 7:30 p.m. TNT
Pelicans vs. Raptors 7:30 p.m.
Hawks vs. Bulls 8 p.m.
Thunder vs. Rockets 8 p.m.
Spurs vs. Grizzlies 8 p.m.
Pistons vs. Timberwolves 8 p.m.
Kings vs. Nuggets 9 p.m.
Jazz vs. Trail Blazers 10 p.m.
Mavericks vs. Suns 10:30 p.m. ESPN

Friday, Dec. 25 (Christmas Day)

Game Time (ET) National TV
Pelicans vs. Heat Noon ESPN
Warriors vs. Bucks 2:30 p.m. ABC
Nets vs. Celtics 5 p.m. ABC
Mavericks vs. Lakers 8 p.m. ABC/ESPN
Clippers vs. Nuggets 10:30 p.m. ABC

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