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10 Most Brutal NBA Rivalries Of All Time

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9. Los Angeles Lakers – Los Angeles Clippers

The Battle of L.A. began in the 1979-80 season when the Clippers moved to L.A. from Buffalo. In the first game of that season, which also happened to be Magic Johnson’s first NBA game. The Clippers were relatively bad compared to the Lakers, and their move to Los Angeles only began the uprising of the Clippers. In 2011, the Lakers traded for Chris Paul, but the deal was vetoed by Commissioner David Stern. The Clippers traded for Chris Paul after the initial Laker attempt, and the Clippers have been the more dominant team ever since. Whether it’s the highlight reel dunks or the superior defense, Los Angeles is now a Clippers town.

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