(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Lakers started the 2012 season 0-3 and the third straight loss came at the hands of the rival Clippers. History could repeat itself when the Pacific foes renew their rivalry Friday night at Staples Center. The Lakers lost their season opener to Houston, 108-90, then were hammered in Phoenix by a 119-99 score Wednesday. Kobe Bryant, who scored 19 points in Tuesdays loss to the Rockets, put up 31 points on 11-of-25 shooting against the Suns. Bryant, of course, is coming back from an Achilles tear and knee injury. I told you guys from the beginning I am back to myself, Bryant said. Ed Davis and Wayne Ellington rounded out the double-digit scorers for Los Angeles with 14 and 13 points, respectively, off the bench. The Suns had six players in double figures, including two with 20 or more, and scored a 39-23 difference in the third quarter. Jeremy Lin has yet to score in double figures with seven and six points in his first two games with LA. Los Angeles is without rookie forward Julius Randle (leg) for the season and is 9-2 in the last 11 games on Halloween-night games. The team is 11-5 overall on the specific night. While the Lakers, who are the home team on Friday night, could finish near the bottom of the Western Conference, the Clippers are expected to be at the top. The Clippers got their season started off with a bang, handing the Kevin Durant-less Oklahoma City Thunder a 93-90 defeat Thursday night. Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is supposed to pick up the slack in Durants absence, but he suffered a broken hand early in the game. Still, Los Angeles had trouble with OKC and managed to prevail even though it shot 39.1 percent from the floor. Blake Griffin led the hosts with 23 points and seven rebounds, while Chris Paul posted 22 points and seven assists. LA was dreadful from 3-point territory, going 7-for-30 beyond the arc. The Clippers were even outrebounded, 47-33, but had 14 on the offensive end. Opening nights are tough. We won but we didnt play well, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said. I didnt like our tempo. We have to play at a better pace. DeAndre Jordan grabbed 10 boards to go along with eight points. Jamal Crawford scored 16 points off the bench. This was the first regular season game for new Clippers owner and former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who purchased the team for a record $2 billion this offseason. The Clippers went 3-1 against the Lakers last season and won all four meetings in 2012-13. The Lakers are 10-3 in the last 13 games as the host in this series and lead the all-time rivalry, 144-56. Bryant is averaging 25.9 points in 64 career games (56 starts) against the Clippers. He has two 50-point games against them. Chris Bassitt Jersey .D. Martinezs ninth-inning sacrifice fly scored Torii Hunter with the winning run and the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3 Sunday. Stitched Athletics Jerseys . The Indians scored twice in the top of the ninth, getting the go-ahead run on a wild pitch by closer Matt Lindstrom. Axford (0-1) came in seeking his fifth save in as many chances. https://www.cheapathleticsonline.com/.J. -- New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is going to start the off-season training program with a surgically repaired left ankle. Oakland Athletics Pro Shop .C. -- Al Jefferson knows few people will be giving the Charlotte Bobcats a chance to upset the Miami Heat in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Athletics Jerseys 2020 . -- Shanshan Feng was alone in her opinion about the pin positions in the Kraft Nabisco Championship.BUDAPEST, Hungary - Eve-Audrey Picard had a three-point game and Shea Tiley made 22 saves as Canada shut out Finland 7-0 on Monday at the under-18 womens world hockey championship. Picard had a goal and two assists to help Canada improve to 2-0 at the tournament. Seven different players scored for the two-time defending champions. "Today all four lines played excellent," said head coach Laura Schuler. "In the past weve had goals coming from one or two lines and today it was all four really contributing. So I was really proud of that." Sarah Potomak opened the scoring at 5:03 on the power play and Stephanie Lalancette made it a two-goal game at 10:53. Canada piled on in the second period as Picard, Victoria Bach, Jessica Healey, Rebecca Leslie and Alexandra Labelle padded the lead.dddddddddddd Finnish netminder Anni Keisala stopped 52 of 59 shots. Canada opened the tournament with a 7-1 rout of Japan. Canada has an off-day before resuming preliminary-round action Wednesday against the Czech Republic. "I think weve done really well," said captain Lauren Wildfang. "Weve worked really hard to get where we are and I think that just needs to continue." The Czechs also improved to 2-0 with a 3-1 victory over Japan. The game against Canada will be for the top seed in Group A. Later in the day, Russia defeated Sweden 5-1 and the United States dumped host Hungary 7-0. ' ' '