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Lakers use huge 3rd to crush Warriors


RAJON Rondo scored eight of his 12 points during a thirdquart­er run-away Thursday night, allowing the visiting Los Angeles Lakers to break open a close game en route to a 116-86 blowout win over the Golden State Warriors.

Anthony Davis went for a game-high-tying 23 points for the Lakers, who won their seventh straight despite giving LeBron James the night off to rest a sore groin.

Rookie Eric Paschall had 23 points for Golden State, which played without Andrew Wiggins, bothered by back spasms, before losing Draymond Green to a twotechnic­al-foul ejection in the second quarter.

The loss was Golden State's eighth straight overall and eighth in a row at home.

Despite the loss of Green, the Warriors hung within 54-52 at halftime and were still down just 65-62 after a 3-pointer by Damion Lee with 9:11 remaining in the third period.

But in the opener of a four-day, three-game trip, the Lakers dominated the rest of the quarter, scoring 29 of the period's final 36 points to mushroom the advantage to 94-69.

Rondo (eight), Davis (six), Kyle Kuzma (six) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (five) accounted for 25 of the 29 points.

Six players wound up scoring in double figures for the Lakers, who beat Golden State for the third time this season to clinch their first season-series win over their Northern California rival since 2013.

Kuzma had 18 points, and Dwight Howard had 13, while Avery Bradley and JaVale McGee joined Rondo with 12 apiece.

Howard also had a gamehigh nine rebounds, and Rondo a team-high six assists for Los Angeles, which won its fourth straight on the road.

OKC rallies from 19 down to clip Kings, wins fifth straight

Danilo Gallinari scored 24 points and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 20 as the Oklahoma City Thunder posted a 112-108 victory over the visiting Sacramento Kings on Thursday night.

Chris Paul added 17 points and seven assists and Steven Adams contribute­d 15 points and seven rebounds as Oklahoma City won its fifth straight game and 14th in the past 17.

Dennis Schroder recorded 13 points and seven assists and Nerlens Noel had 10 points and seven rebounds for

the Thunder, who connected on 48.8 percent of their shots and were 9 of 26 from behind the arc.

Harrison Barnes scored 21 points and Harry Giles III added 19 as Sacramento had a three-game winning streak halted. Nemanja Bjelica recorded 18 points and nine rebounds, Buddy Hield had 15 points on five 3-pointers while Bogdan Bogdanovic and Alex Len added 11 points apiece.

Sacramento played without point guard De’Aaron Fox due to lower abdominal tightness, according to the team.

Harris powers shorthande­d Sixers past Knicks

Tobias Harris scored 34 points to go along with seven rebounds and seven assists to lift the short-handed Philadelph­ia 76ers past the visiting

New York Knicks 115-106 on Thursday.

Al Horford had 15 points, nine assists and seven boards, and Shake Milton scored 19 points as the Sixers moved to a league-best 28-2 at home. Milton hit all five of his 3-point attempts, while Horford hit all four.

Josh Richardson and Furkan Korkmaz had 11 each for the Sixers, who played without injured All-Stars Joel Embiid (shoulder) and Ben Simmons (back).

The Sixers swept the four-game season series from the Knicks.

Julius Randle paced the Knicks with 30 points and 10 rebounds, while Maurice Harkless scored 17 points, RJ Barrett added 15 and Elfrid Payton had 18 points and 12 assists. The Knicks have lost six in a row.

 ??  ?? QUINN COOK (28) of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots a three-pointer against the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center in San Francisco, California. Noah Graham, NBAE via Getty Images/AFP
QUINN COOK (28) of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots a three-pointer against the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center in San Francisco, California. Noah Graham, NBAE via Getty Images/AFP

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