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The Clippers committed nine turnovers in the first quarter when they trailed by 10, the same margin they were behind by at halftime.
NOTES: Former Lakers GM Jerry West, along with Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Norm Nixon, Michael Cooper, Jamaal Wilkes, A.C. Green, Rick Fox and Robert Horry, all of whom starred on the club's title teams of the 1980s and earlier this decade, greeted the current team on the court during the pregame ring presentation. ... Phil Jackson said Gasol could return Friday against Dallas. ... The Lakers improved to 13-4 in season openers at home since moving to Los Angeles. ... The Clippers fell to 0-4 opening the season against the Lakers, with losses last year when they were the home team, in 1992, and 1979, when they played in San Diego. ... Longtime Lakers consultant Tex Winter returned to visit and appeared in good form after recovering from a stroke in April.
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