The Lakers can't hit outside shots. That much is clear after L.A. shot 9-for-45 from 3 in Thursday night's 103-97 loss to the Clippers

LOS ANGELES — Five takeaways from the LA Clippers’ 103-97 victory against the Los Angeles Lakers at Arena on Thursday.

Leonard finished with 14 points (6-for-12 overall, 1-for-4 on 3-pointers) and seven rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench. Clippers coach Tyronn Lue described Leonard’s

Leonard’s bench role already has affected the Clippers in other ways. And it could prompt his teammates to accept fluctuating roles, too. Thursday night

The starting point guard remains fluid, as Lue started Reggie Jackson  over John Wall on Thursday. Jackson has more familiarity with the  Clippers’ offense

Lakers coach Darvin Ham said he had a “brief discussion” with Russell Westbrook after Westbrook said Tuesday that his bench role in the preseason finale

Westbrook started once again on Thursday, finishing with two points (0-for-11 shooting). He described his play as “solid” after also collecting five steals

Following the team’s season-opening loss to Golden State, LeBron James said “we’re not a team that’s constructed of great shooting.” After Thursday’s loss

The Lakers forced 21 turnovers and collected 12 steals against the Clippers. They are encouraged by those numbers, more so than they are concerned about their 3-point shooting

Anthony Davis took a hard fall after contesting a Leonard shot with 9:18 left in the third quarter, but was on his feet within moments, and walked without assistance

The Lakers held the Clippers -- one of the oddsmakers' favorites to win the NBA title -- to just 103 points and 80 total shots, with the Lakers' on-ball

Lakers guard Russell Westbrook had a particularly difficult shooting night Thursday, going 0-for-11 overall (including 0-for-6 from 3), but even his night was defended by James.

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