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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Warriors Down LA Lakers

INGLEWOOD, California -- Nick Van Exel scored 28 points and tied a Los Angeles Laker regular-season record by making five three-pointers, but that still was not enough. The Lakers fell to the Golden State Warriors, who got 29 points from Latrell Sprewell in a 122-117 victory at the Forum.


Van Exel is shooting only 39.9 percent overall, but he has made 12 of 21 three-pointers the last five games. The five against the Warriors (17-14) tied a record held by Magic Johnson, Michael Cooper, Byron Scott and Doug Christie.


For the second consecutive game, the Lakers (11-23) overcame a big deficit to make a game of a potential rout, only to fall in the end. The comeback Tuesday night, from a 15-point hole, lasted until early in the fourth quarter, when Golden State took control for good.


The Warriors' lead was up to as many as 16 points, 106-90, with 6:30 remaining. The Lakers made one final push, but could get no closer than five points. The final margin came thanks to a three-pointer by Tony Smith, the last of his career-high 24 points.


Coach Randy Pfund returned from his one-game suspension for bumping an official to the news that the Lakers would be without Christie for at least a week and maybe longer, despite X-rays taken earlier Tuesday that confirmed the starting small forward suffered only a sprain the day before in practice. Christie was reduced to a walk before the game, accompanied by a strong limp.


Trail Blazers 108, SuperSonics 99. In Portland, Clifford Robinson scored 27 points and Rod Strickland added 22 to lead Portland romping past NBA-best Seattle. The SuperSonics, which had its six-game winning streak halted, outscored the Blazers by 19 points in the final quarter to make the score appear respectable. Seattle still has the league's best record at 26-4.


Hornets 95, Suns 93. In Phoenix, Dell Curry scored 23 points and Charlotte held the Suns without a field goal for the final 4:05 of the game as the Hornets eked out a close win. Leron Ellis added 15 points and Mugsy Bogue scored 13 as Charlotte beat the Suns for just the third time in 13 games.


Knicks 98, Clippers 77. In New York, Patrick Ewing scored 31 points, pulled down 13 rebounds and blocked six shots to lead the Knicks over the Los Angeles Clippers. John Starks had 19 points and Charles Oakley snared 15 rebounds for the Knicks, his 11th straight double-digit rebound game. Ewing had his third straight 30-point game.


Nuggets 94, Pistons 86. In Detroit, Reggie Williams scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half to help Denver hand the Pistons their 10th straight loss.


Bullets 115, Nets 100. At New Jersey, Don MacLean scored 12 of his 20 points in the second quarter as the Washington Bullets ripped the Nets for only their fourth win in their last 20 games.


Spurs 108, Timberwolves 98. In San Antonio, David Robinson notched his third triple-double of the season with 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists as the Spurs defeated Minnesota for their fourth straight victory.


Pacers 82, Bucks 76. In Milwaukee, Antonio Davis scored 26 points and Reggie Miller added 20 as Indiana held the Bucks to their lowest point total of the season.


Kings 103, Heat 95. In Sacramento, Wayman Tisdale collected 23 points and 11 rebounds as the Kings downed Miami.


(LAT, Reuters)