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Davis scores 39 as Lakers rout Blazers


PORTLAND, Ore. -- Anthony Davis scored 39 points, LeBron James added 31 and the Los Angeles Lakers routed the Portland Trail Blazers 136-113 on Friday night.

It was the 11th straight road win for the Lakers, who have lost just three games overall this season and sit atop the Western Conference standings.

The game was costly for Portland. Starting forward Rodney Hood was injured in the first quarter and the team later announced that he had torn his left Achilles tendon.

Portland coach Terry Stotts was ejected late in the third quarter after angrily protesting a foul call that earned him a double technical. It was the first time that Stotts has been tossed from a game as an NBA coach.

Damian Lillard, who helped pull Stotts back from the confrontat­ion with referee Leon Wood, finished with 29 points. Portland trailed by as many as 27 points in the fourth quarter.

It was the first meeting of the season between friends James and Carmelo Anthony. The two shared a quick hug on the court just before tipoff.

Anthony hadn’t played in the league for more than a year when the Blazers signed him on Nov. 19 to a nonguarant­eed contract.

Earlier Friday the Trail Blazers guaranteed the deal to keep the 10-time All-Star on the roster through the rest of the season.

Anthony has meshed well in Portland, assuming a start

ing role and averaging 16.9 points and 5.9 rebounds in his eight games before finishing with 15 points against Los Angeles.

Portland (9-14) got off to a slow start this season but had won four of its last five games, including Wednesday night’s 127-116 victory over the Sacramento Kings.

The Lakers (20-3) were coming off a 121-96 rout of the Jazz in Salt Lake City on Wednesday. It was the second of a back-to-back.

Anthony followed up a layup and a free throw with a 3-pointer to pull the Blazers ahead 18-17 midway through the first quarter. The Lakers led 39-34 after the period, led by Davis with 15 points.

Rajon Rondo hit back-toback 3 pointers to kick off a 15-0 run. Davis had 25 points at the half and the Lakers led 77-62.

A pair of free throws from CJ McCollum pulled Portland within 13 points in the third quarter, but the Blazers were never able to close to within single digits.

Davis’ dunk expended the lead to 101-81.

It was the first of three meetings between the two teams this season. Last year the teams split the series 2-2.

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