LOS ANGELES—The battle for Los Angeles finally lived up to the hype. Kawhi and LeBron — the Los Angeles Lakers snapped its 11-game losing streak over the Los Angeles Clippers in a thrilling seesaw contest in which LeBron James yet again willed the Purple and Gold to an 130-125 OT victory on Wednesday night at Crypto.com Arena.

Overcoming a 19-point hole in the second half, LeBron James continues to defy father time scoring 35 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists in this instant classic. It was a team effort as Anthony Davis had 27 points to go alongside 10 rebounds, while D’Angelo Russell added 27 points.

What makes the victory all the more impressive is the Lakers were missing key players due to injury. Including Rui Hachimura and Gabe Vincent and Jarred Vanderbilt.

Although the team was short-handed, new Laker Christian Wood provided a spark with 10 points, as well as a putback dunk late in the game that brought the crowd to a frenzy.

It was easily the best Lakers-Clippers game of the LeBron-AD/Kawhi Leonard-Paul George era with all four players scoring at least 27 points. On top of that, all four were at the center of basically all the biggest moments of the evening as well.

Kawhi Leonard had 38 points, LeBron James scored 35 points.

Behind a first-quarter onslaught from Kawhi Leonard, the Clippers raced away to a 19-point lead. The Lakers salvaged something late in the frame with 3-pointers from Christian Wood and Austin Reaves. But even then, they went into the second quarter trailing by 13 with the Clippers having shot 16-23 from the field.

Austin Reaves found his stroke after a rough start to the new season scoring 15.

The Lakers kept plucking away in the third, though, and after a Cam Reddish block on Kawhi, Anthony Davis got the rebound putback plus a foul to pull the Lakers back to within nine points at 78-69.

The Lakers went on a 6-0 run starting with Reddish’s free throws along with a fastbreak layup from Russell and a James jumper. The 100-95 lead was the largest of the night for the Lakers.

On the final possession in regulation, George knocked down all three shots to tie the game at 117-117. The Lakers opted not to call timeout and got an open look from Russell on the wing, but the shot missed, and the game went to overtime.

The Clippers struggled offensively, after Wood forced a turnover on Kawhi. The Lakers came out strong in extra time, with LeBron James putting an exclamation point on his remarkable night with a huge alley-oop slam.

The Lakers finally beat the Clippers: How about that?