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Lakers and Clippers to face off in two exhibition games

December 2, 2011 | 11:01 am

The abbreviated NBA regular season also means a shortened pre-season, with teams playing only two exhibitions before the real season begins.

The Clippers announced Friday morning that they will play the Lakers in two exhibition games at Staples Center: on Monday, Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m., and Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

The Clippers are the home team for the Dec. 21 game, and tickets for that contest will go on sale Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. at Staples Center and through Ticketmaster and other ticket outlets.

Both teams are scheduled to play when the NBA opens its regular season on Christmas Day. The Lakers are to host the Chicago Bulls at 2 p.m., and the Clippers are scheduled to play the Golden State Warriors in Oakland at 7:30 p.m.


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Photo: Blake Griffin of the Clippers is guarded by Metta World Peace of the Lakers in December 2010. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times