Clippers want it more than Lakers - Beverley
Patrick Beverley said the Clippers proved they are the best team in Los Angeles and showed they "want it more" in a 113-105 defeat of the Lakers on Monday.
The Clippers took another step towards the playoffs and struck another blow to the Lakers' bid to prolong their season at Staples Center.
Beverley declared at the start of the season that the Clippers would outperform their struggling city rivals and says they have more hunger than the Lakers.
"I want it more," Beverley told FOX Sports West. "We want it more. Like I said, everybody counted us out. Fine. We'll take that. It's a bigger picture for us."
Beverley added in the locker room: "There was seven people in here on media day, I remember it like it was yesterday. I told Shai [Gilgeous-Alexander], I said, 'Look at the room, it's seven media people here, watch at the end of the year'.
"Like I said about us being the best team in LA, a lot of people don't believe me, it's fine. Women lie, men lie, numbers don't."
Beverley did a great job of guarding LeBron James and says he is fuelled by a hunger to prove a point following setbacks earlier in his career.
He said: "It's not about him [James], it's not about the Lakers. It's about us being the best team we could possibly be. We want to be a complete team going into the playoffs and we took a step forward with that tonight."
Beverley continued: "I played for Miami, with LeBron. They cut me. I got drafted by the Lakers, they traded me to Miami. Bron got there, they cut me.
"I remember it like it was yesterday. So yeah, it's a chip on my shoulder."