11:38 p.m.: James hits a 3 and the Lakers pull ahead 88-80. LeBron shot 6-of-19 from the field.

#ClipperNation | @LAClippers pic.twitter.com/f7t14Jln6m. George, though, now has three fouls. Kuz staying ready beyond the arc 9:17 p.m.: Like the earlier game, every player on both teams has decided to kneel for the national anthem. Miss. His game-winner even came as a rebound off of his own miss. The call on the floor is Anthony Davis knocking the ball out of bounds, but JaMychal Green may have been the culprit. https://t.co/SX3Q6B1769.

11:57 pm ET, at Started the possession on Kawhi defensively, switched onto Paul George and contested his game-winning 3-point attempt. All four Los Angeles superstars showed up Thursday night in the Lakers' 103-101 win over the Clippers. 12:10 a.m.: George misses an attempted game-winner at the buzzer and the Lakers escape with a 103-101 win. The Clippers keep the ball after the replay. at A four-point lead became a one-point deficit. 12:05 am ET, at I agree that CBS Sports can send me the "CBS Sports HQ Newsletter" newsletter. 12:08 am ET, at 11:53 pm ET, at

Montrezl Harrell largely monopolized minutes at center in the first three matchups. If this caliber of defense is still inside of LeBron, it changes the entire playoff picture. Thursday night's matchup between the Lakers and Clippers is scheduled for 9 p.m., but tipoff will come closer to 9:08 p.m. because of the time needed for player introductions. Did the ball go out on the Lakers or the Clippers? . Here's a way-too-early look at where the champs and all 30 teams stand ahead of 2020-21.

It's 5-3, Lakers. It's Clipper ball after the challenge. 9:37 p.m.: Leonard already has two personal fouls just five minutes into the game. What a world we live in. The Bald Eagle comes away with one of the biggest steals of the season. 12:04 a.m.: The Lakers lead 101-98 with 41.1 seconds left. 12:07 am ET, at

Kyle Kuzma scored 16 points on 4-of-7 shooting from deep, and Dion Waiters chipped in 11.

Amazingly, this is the closest any of these games have been. LeBron James takes no days off and gets right back to work with his daughter Zhuri. 11:48 pm ET, at

Down six, these are the moments Kawhi Leonard has owned for the past two years. Against the Clippers, though, the Lakers actually held a score advantage with James and Davis on the bench. There is nothing wrong with experimenting in regular-season games, especially against such an important playoff opponent and with no home-court advantage to worry about. 9:30 p.m.: Neither team is shooting well entering the first TV timeout. The Lakers and Clippers came into Thursday having already fought three heavyweight bouts, but Round 4 was the closest one yet. If any single decision could be blamed for the Clippers losing their March matchup with the Lakers, it would be Rivers' decision to leave Lou Williams on the floor in crunch time. LeBron follows his miss for the @Lakers game-winning basket!

The Lakers lead 96-92. They have 40.8 seconds to make up a three-point deficit. Timeout Lakers. The Lakers seem to have done the same. The two best teams in the Western Conference have now played four times, and they've split the matchups 2-2.
11:49 pm ET, at 11:42 pm ET. With the final difference only being two points, that stretch likely cost the Clippers the game. 12:00 am ET, at Whether that means going small earlier, hunting specific matchups, or adjusting their own rotations in some other way is unclear, but the Lakers need to solve this issue before the Western Conference finals. 12:18 am ET, at 10:07 p.m.: J.R. Smith has checked in for his Lakers debut. Forget about the individual stats for a second. But two straight losses like this are concerning. He can hardly be blamed for that. TNT is broadcasting the contest on TV, and there are several online streaming options, including fuboTV. LeBron gave the Lakers the lead on offense, and then he kept it on defense.

Paul George, cookin' #ClipperNation | @LAClippers pic.twitter.com/bA87EszfNq. At least we can lay this one to rest: No, the Lakers are not going to regret trading Ivica Zubac to the Clippers. He hits a 3 to pull the Clippers within four of the Lakers at 50-46. He'll likely do the same in the playoffs.

Final in Orlando:@LAClippers 101@Lakers 103 pic.twitter.com/WkGpwyli6v, PAUL. Back in action on Saturday. 1d Mark Lindsay, Scott Foster, Michael Smith, Kawhi Leonard makes 13-foot pullup jump shot, JaVale McGee blocks Paul George 's 4-foot driving layup, Kawhi Leonard makes 26-foot step back jumpshot, Kawhi Leonard misses 19-foot pullup jump shot, Anthony Davis blocks Ivica Zubac 's 5-foot dunk, Paul George makes layup (Patrick Beverley assists), JaVale McGee blocks Ivica Zubac 's 5-foot dunk, Patrick Patterson makes 5-foot two point shot (Kawhi Leonard assists), Paul George misses 16-foot pullup jump shot, Ivica Zubac makes alley oop dunk shot (Patrick Beverley assists), Patrick Beverley misses free throw 2 of 3, Paul George makes 25-foot step back jumpshot, Kawhi Leonard makes 11-foot two point shot, Montrezl Harrell misses 8-foot two point shot, Kawhi Leonard makes two point shot (Lou Williams assists), Kawhi Leonard makes 28-foot three point jumper (Lou Williams assists), Montrezl Harrell makes layup (Lou Williams assists), Paul George misses 27-foot three point pullup jump shot, Montrezl Harrell makes dunk (Lou Williams assists), Landry Shamet makes 12-foot driving floating jump shot (Paul George assists), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope blocks Landry Shamet's dunk, Dwight Howard blocks Paul George's two point shot, Paul George misses 15-foot two point shot, Landry Shamet misses 26-foot three point jumper, Landry Shamet makes 3-foot layup (Kawhi Leonard assists), Montrezl Harrell makes two point shot (Lou Williams assists), JaVale McGee blocks Montrezl Harrell 's 3-foot layup, JaVale McGee blocks Montrezl Harrell 's 4-foot two point shot, Patrick Beverley makes 5-foot driving floating jump shot, Kawhi Leonard misses 27-foot three point jumper, Paul George makes 19-foot pullup jump shot (Patrick Beverley assists), Patrick Patterson misses 26-foot three point jumper, Patrick Patterson makes dunk (Kawhi Leonard assists), Patrick Beverley misses 5-foot two point shot, Kawhi Leonard misses 19-foot step back jumpshot, Kawhi Leonard misses 14-foot step back jumpshot, Kawhi Leonard makes 10-foot two point shot, Anthony Davis blocks Paul George 's 4-foot driving layup, JaVale McGee blocks Paul George 's 2-foot two point shot, Patrick Beverley misses driving floating jump shot, Ivica Zubac makes dunk (Kawhi Leonard assists), Kawhi Leonard makes 27-foot three point jumper (Ivica Zubac assists), Ivica Zubac makes two point shot (Kawhi Leonard assists), Patrick Beverley makes 24-foot three point jumper (Maurice Harkless assists), Patrick Beverley misses 26-foot three point jumper, Paul George misses 25-foot three point jumper, Montrezl Harrell makes layup (Paul George assists), Kawhi Leonard misses 26-foot three point pullup jump shot, Lou Williams misses driving floating jump shot, Kawhi Leonard makes 26-foot three point jumper (JaMychal Green assists), Lou Williams misses 14-foot two point shot, JaMychal Green makes 26-foot three point shot (Lou Williams assists), Landry Shamet makes 23-foot three point jumper (JaMychal Green assists), Lou Williams misses 21-foot pullup jump shot, Montrezl Harrell makes 2-foot dunk (Lou Williams assists), Patrick Beverley misses 23-foot three point jumper, JaMychal Green misses 27-foot three point jumper, JaMychal Green misses 29-foot three point jumper, Montrezl Harrell makes 8-foot driving floating jump shot (JaMychal Green assists), LeBron James blocks JaMychal Green 's 3-foot layup, Montrezl Harrell makes dunk (Paul George assists), Landry Shamet misses 23-foot three point jumper, Kawhi Leonard makes driving floating jump shot, Paul George makes 20-foot pullup jump shot (Patrick Beverley assists), Kawhi Leonard makes 27-foot step back jumpshot, Paul George misses 27-foot three point jumper, Kawhi Leonard misses 11-foot pullup jump shot, Paul George misses 19-foot step back jumpshot, Lou Williams misses 28-foot step back jumpshot, LeBron James misses 27-foot step back jumpshot, Anthony Davis makes 14-foot step back jumpshot, Danny Green makes 23-foot three point jumper (LeBron James assists), Anthony Davis makes 5-foot two point shot, JaVale McGee misses 4-foot two point shot, LeBron James misses 8-foot two point shot, Danny Green makes 26-foot three point jumper (LeBron James assists), Anthony Davis makes 6-foot driving floating jump shot, Avery Bradley misses 23-foot three point jumper, Kyle Kuzma makes 27-foot three point jumper (Kentavious Caldwell-Pope assists), LeBron James misses 6-foot two point shot, Kyle Kuzma misses 26-foot three point jumper, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope makes 10-foot pullup jump shot (LeBron James assists), LeBron James misses 25-foot step back jumpshot, Kyle Kuzma makes 14-foot two point shot (LeBron James assists), Kyle Kuzma makes 21-foot pullup jump shot (Anthony Davis assists), Kyle Kuzma makes 27-foot three point jumper (Rajon Rondo assists), Rajon Rondo misses 12-foot two point shot, Kyle Kuzma makes 29-foot three point jumper (Rajon Rondo assists), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope misses 22-foot pullup jump shot, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope makes 4-foot two point shot (Rajon Rondo assists), Kyle Kuzma misses 25-foot three point jumper, Rajon Rondo makes 28-foot three point shot (Dwight Howard assists), Rajon Rondo misses 26-foot step back jumpshot, LeBron James misses 26-foot three point jumper, Rajon Rondo misses 31-foot three point jumper, Paul George blocks LeBron James 's 2-foot two point shot, LeBron James misses 26-foot step back jumpshot, Alex Caruso makes layup (Dwight Howard assists), Rajon Rondo makes 3-foot layup (Anthony Davis assists), Alex Caruso misses 25-foot three point jumper, Anthony Davis misses 19-foot pullup jump shot, Avery Bradley misses 21-foot pullup jump shot, Rajon Rondo misses 24-foot three point jumper, Anthony Davis misses technical free throw, Anthony Davis misses 25-foot step back jumpshot, Danny Green misses 23-foot three point jumper, Paul George blocks Kyle Kuzma 's 4-foot two point shot, Anthony Davis makes two point shot (LeBron James assists), LeBron James makes 16-foot step back jumpshot, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope makes 24-foot three point jumper (LeBron James assists), Kyle Kuzma makes 23-foot three point shot (LeBron James assists), Anthony Davis misses 26-foot three point shot, JaVale McGee makes 8-foot two point shot (LeBron James assists), LeBron James misses 27-foot three point pullup jump shot, LeBron James misses 28-foot three point jumper, Anthony Davis misses 26-foot three point jumper, Danny Green misses 25-foot three point jumper, Avery Bradley makes two point shot (Anthony Davis assists), Paul George blocks Anthony Davis 's 8-foot two point shot, Anthony Davis makes 26-foot three point jumper (LeBron James assists), Avery Bradley misses 24-foot three point jumper, Anthony Davis misses 25-foot three point jumper, Maurice Harkless blocks JaVale McGee 's 3-foot two point shot, Anthony Davis makes driving layup (Danny Green assists), Kyle Kuzma misses 28-foot three point jumper, LeBron James makes 5-foot driving floating jump shot, Rajon Rondo misses driving floating jump shot, Kyle Kuzma makes 12-foot driving floating jump shot (Alex Caruso assists), Kyle Kuzma makes 1-foot two point shot (Rajon Rondo assists), Kyle Kuzma misses running pullup jump shot, LeBron James makes 17-foot step back jumpshot, LeBron James misses 26-foot three point pullup jump shot, Montrezl Harrell blocks Kyle Kuzma 's 3-foot layup, LeBron James misses 7-foot two point shot, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope makes 28-foot three point jumper (Rajon Rondo assists), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope misses 18-foot pullup jump shot, LeBron James makes 27-foot three point jumper (Kentavious Caldwell-Pope assists), LeBron James misses driving floating jump shot, Anthony Davis makes dunk (LeBron James assists), Danny Green misses 28-foot three point jumper, LeBron James misses 27-foot three point jumper, Kyle Kuzma misses 23-foot three point jumper, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope misses 27-foot three point jumper, Patrick Beverley blocks LeBron James 's 25-foot three point pullup jump shot, Anthony Davis misses 29-foot three point jumper.
Lost in the hoopla of the game's ending was everything it took to get there.