Sunday , Jan , 18 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Los Angeles Lakers Team Report – January 18

=== Los Angeles Lakers Team Report – January 18 ===

(Sports Network) – Stanislav Medvedenko scored 20 points and hauled down 10
rebounds to lead the Lakers over the Clippers, 91-89, as the basketball rivals
in Los Angeles hooked up on Saturday at the Staples Center.

Gary Payton netted 15 points and dished out a season-high 15 assists for the
Lakers, who were once again forced to play without three-fifths of their
starting lineup. Center Shaquille O’Neal, forward Karl Malone and guard Kobe
Bryant all remained sidelined with injuries, but the Lakers bounced back from
a 103-83 loss in Sacramento on Friday.

The Lakers have won eight of the last 10 contests against the Clippers.

O’Neal could return to the Lakers’ lineup for their next game on Monday,
which is a home contest against the Phoenix Suns. Malone and Bryant are
currently on the injured list.