NBA Roundup: Lakers lose for the 3rd consecutive time with LeBron James out; Fox scores 44 points to condemn Golden State

LeBron James missed his third straight game with a high ankle sprain as the Los Angeles Lakers lost for the third straight game.

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Danny Green shot 8-for-12 from three-point range and ultimately finished with 28 points to help the visiting Philadelphia 76ers to a 109-101 win against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Green was also awarded the NBA championship ring that he won with the Lakers last season before the game.

Seth Curry who returned after missing the past three games with a sprained left ankle scored 19 points for Philadelphia, who have won 10 of their last 11 games to remain atop the Eastern Conference standings.

Kyle Kuzma had 25 points and nine rebounds, Dennis Schroder finished with 20 points and 11 assists, and Montrezl Harrell scored 20 off the bench for the Lakers, who have now lost four in a row to match their longest losing streak of the season.

They have also been without their top two scorers and rebounders.

Watch the highlights of the match below

Golden State Warriors 119 – 141 Sacramento Kings

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De’Aaron Fox exploded against the undermanned Golden State Warriors team for a career-high 44 points while rookie Tyrese Haliburton easily won his rookie duel with James Wiseman as the Sacramento Kings thumped the visiting Golden State Warriors 141-119.

The victory marks a third straight Kings win while the Warriors lost a third consecutive match allowing Sacramento to move within two games of Golden State in their bid to make the Western Conference playoff field.

Fox’s point total was one more than his previous career-best, recorded on January 17 against the New Orleans Pelicans. He was also coming off consecutive 30-plus-point efforts, including a 37-pointer in a narrow home win over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.

The Kings who were playing against a Warriors team missing not only Stephen Curry (bruised tailbone) but also Draymond Green, who apparently had an adverse reaction to a COVID shot, seized command in the second quarter and pulled well clear in the third.

The 141-point total was 13 more than their previous season-high, set January 6 against the Chicago Bulls.

Fox shot 16-of-22 for the Kings, who successfully avenged a 137-106 shellacking at the hands of Golden State at San Francisco on January 4.

The winner of the season series will be determined when the northern California rivals meet one final time on April 25 in San Francisco.

Thursday night’s NBA results

  • Golden State Warriors 119 – 141 Sacramento Kings
  • Philadelphia 76ers 109 – 101 Los Angeles Lakers
  • Portland Trail Blazers 125 – 122 Miami Heat
  • Los Angeles Clippers 98 – 85 San Antonio Spurs
  • Washington Wizards 102 – 106 New York Knicks
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