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Bet­ter days? The Knicks, mean­while, are hop­ing Fri­day’s re­silient per­for­mance in Los An­ge­les marks a turn­ing point in their try­ing sea­son.

The Lak­ers? They just hope LeBron James feels bet­ter very soon.

Tim Har­d­away Jr. scored 22 points as the Knicks snapped an eightgame los­ing streak. The Lak­ers dropped to 1-4 with­out James, side­lined for at least an­other week with a left groin strain. Los An­ge­les also played with­out sec­ond-lead­ing scorer Kyle Kuzma, who has a bruised back.

The Knicks blew an early 17-point lead be­fore ral­ly­ing from a six-point deficit in the fourth quar­ter.

Thun­der clap: Ok­la­homa City had a six-game over­all los­ing streak to the

Trail Blaz­ers and had lost the past eight at the Moda Cen­ter, a streak dat­ing to 2014.

Who knew a slo­gan was all they needed?

Pro­claim­ing a “new year, new team,” Paul Ge­orge scored 37 points and the Thun­der beat the Blaz­ers 111-109 vic­tory on Fri­day.

“We came here, we told our­selves we need to change it – and we got it done,” Ge­orge said.

Rus­sell West­brook added 31 points for the Thun­der, who held off a fu­ri­ous last-minute rally.

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