LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paul George led seven players in double figures with 24 points and the Los Angeles Clippers routed a Lakers team minus LeBron James 118-94 to move into the No. 3 spot in the Western Conference playoff race. The loss kept the defending NBA champion Lakers at No. 6. The Staples Center co-tenants could potentially face each other in the first round. The Lakers have lost four of five. Kyle Kuzma scored 25 points to lead the Lakers. Kawhi Leonard added 15 points for the Clippers, who have clinched a playoff berth for the ninth time in 10 years.

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