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LOS ANGELES – Xavier Henry scored a career-high 22 points, Jordan Farmar added 16, and five Los Angeles Lakers reserves surged past the Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter for a surprising 116-103 victory in both clubs' season opener Tuesday night.
With Kobe Bryant watching in street clothes behind Pau Gasol and Steve Nash on the Lakers' bench, Jodie Meeks scored nine of his 13 points in the fourth quarter as the Lakers stunned their Staples Center rivals in Clippers coach Doc Rivers' debut.
The Lakers did it down the stretch with a lineup comprised entirely of backups — including three who weren't on the team last season. Henry scored 12 points in the fourth quarter while leading a decisive 28-8 run.
Blake Griffin scored 19 points and Chris Paul had 15 points and 11 assists for the Clippers.