"F---ing compete," he said.
His team did just that.
After suffering a humiliating 29-point loss to their same-city rival Sunday, the Lakers bounced back and stayed within single digits late into the fourth quarter.
Of course, the Lakers were still wildly overmatched, and in the end, they didn't have enough to overcome the playoff-bound Clippers, eventually falling 105-100.
The Clippers have won seven straight against the Lakers and 11 of 12 against them overall. The Clippers also swept their co-tenants for the second time in three seasons.
The 2014-15 Lakers have lost 57 games, the most in franchise history. They have five games remaining this season.
Turning point: The Lakers trailed 89-88 with 4:26 left in the fourth. Then the Clippers went on an 8-0 run to give themselves some breathing room and ultimately put the Lakers away, even if the Lakers "technically" hung around heading into the final minutes.
Top player: Several Clippers had strong stat lines, so this wasn't an easy pick, but forward Blake Griffin had a well-rounded night, finishing with 27 points on 11-of-20 shooting with seven rebounds and six assists.
Top Laker: After a humbling two-point performance on Sunday, Lakers rookie Jordan Clarkson rebounded with a 20-point night on 7-of-17 shooting. He added six assists and four rebounds.
Stat of the night: Fast-break points -- Clippers 27, Lakers 11.
Notes: NBA commissioner Adam Silver was in attendance ... Lakers forward Tarik Black had a strong game with 14 points and nine rebounds against a stout Clippers front line ... After leading by as many as 43 on Sunday, the Clippers never led by more than 12 on Tuesday ... Lakers forward Ryan Kelly had one of his worst games of the season, going 3-of-17 from the floor, including 1-of-8 from 3-point range. To put it mildly, the Duke product didn't fare nearly as well as his alma mater did Monday.
Up next: The Lakers hit the road to face the Nuggets in Denver on Wednesday.