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NBA: With time winding down in the Los Angeles rivalry game, Patrick Beverley came up with a huge stop on LeBron James and let everyone know who he thinks the real King is.

Pat Bev and the Clippers got the better of LeBron and the Lakers.Source:AFP

For the second time this season, the Los Angeles Lakers have fallen to the Los Angeles Clippers after going down 111-106 on Christmas Day at Staples Center.

LeBron James’ best efforts weren’t enough as the Lakers fell away down the stretch handing the game to the Clippers.

Kawhi Leonard showed why he’s one of the best players on the planet as he fuelled the Clippers’ late push to run over the top of the Lakers.

The Clippers trailed the entire second half before snatching the lead with a little over five minutes to play in the game, they never looked back.

Leonard was the offensive spark, but it was on the defensive end where Patrick Beverley once again stole the show.

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The fiery guard threw everything he had at James and continued to disrupt the superstar, coming up with a clutch steal in the dying moments of the game to secure the win.

James finished the game with 23 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds. But he was outplayed by Leonard who finished with 35 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists.

The win takes Leonard to 15-8 against LeBron in his career, which includes games in the playoffs and saw many calling Los Angeles Leonard’s town now.

Leonard set a franchise record for points on Christmas, and he became the 10th player in NBA history with at least 35 points, 10 rebounds and five assists on Dec. 25.

The loss makes it four in a row for the Lakers, but still has them on top of the Western Conference with a 24-7 record.

The Clippers go to 23-10 and sit in third spot in the Conference, just behind the Denver Nuggets.

Montrezl Harrell had 18 points off the bench, Paul George added 17 and the Clippers improved to 2-0 against the Lakers this season. Kyle Kuzma led Los Angeles with 25 points.

“And we didn’t flinch,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “Like, we just kind of hung in there. Almost felt like we were biding our time and just trying to make a run. That’s something you have to have when things aren’t going great for you. You just got to hang in there, and I thought we did that tonight.”

— with AP

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