By Jim Gardner , Christian Post Contributor
January 4, 2013|9:31 pm

Lakers, Kobe(Photo: REUTERS)New Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant participates in practice under new head coach Mike D'Antoni (not pictured) at the Lakers' training facility in El Segundo, California November 15, 2012.

Los Angeles Lakers vs Los Angeles Clippers takes place on Friday night as both teams look to bounce back following recent stumbles in their form. The game is scheduled to start at 7.30 p.m. PT and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).

The Clippers were flying until just recently; they had won 17 straight games until Sunday, which is the longest winning streak in the NBA for four seasons, when Boston went 19 games without defeat. However, things have come to a grinding halt this week, and the Clippers have suddenly slid to two losses in a row. Even more worryingly they have recorded their lowest shooting percentages for the season in both games (38.5 percent and 36.4 percent).

The Clippers were 28-6 until this week, but two defeats has eaten away at that impressive record a little and they come into this local game against their fierce rivals with a record of 28-8. Their past two defeats have been 78-92 against Denver, and 94-115 at Golden State.

After Wednesday loss, forward Blake Griffin reflected, "We just kind of hit a little bit of a wall," according to

Griffin himself has shot a lowly 27.3 percent in the past two games, compared to nearly 60 percent through the Clippers' winning run.

The Lakers will be happy to have seen the recent decline in the Clippers' form. However, the Lakers have their own problems to worry about - they seemed to have found themselves, winning five straight games to surge back to .500. However, since then they have slid to two defeats from their past three games, and their form is stuttering again.

The 15-16 Lakers will be hoping that the Clippers' confidence has truly been shaken by their recent results and will be hoping to take advantage to get themselves back in track.

With both teams in a recent funk this all-L.A. affair should be an intriguing and high tempo game.

Los Angeles Lakers vs Los Angeles Clippers is scheduled to start at 7.30 p.m. PT and can be watched online through free live stream by clicking here.