Steve Blake is making more shots in part because the misses no longer bother him as much.

"Being with these guys for a while," the veteran guard said of his Lakers teammates, "when you miss a shot you're not as hard on yourself anymore."

There was no need for self-doubt Wednesday night at Staples Center after Blake capped a strong preseason with some steady shooting during his team's 108-103 loss to the Clippers.

Blake made six of nine shots, including five of seven three-pointers, on the way to 20 points. In two exhibition games, he made six of 10 (60%) of his three-pointers.