LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets routed the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers 109-98 for their season-best fifth straight victory. James Harden scored 23 points and Joe Harris added 21 with six 3-pointers. Kyrie Irving had 16 points and seven rebounds as Brooklyn easily won this matchup of NBA title contenders even without Kevin Durant, who missed his third straight game. Anthony Davis and Dennis Schröder sat out for Los Angeles, leaving the defending champions without two of their top three scorers. LeBron James scored his 35,000th career point while getting 32 for the Lakers, who lost for only the second time in 10 games.

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