NBA Basketball

Clippers rout Lakers, now 3rd in West

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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 on Thursday night, moving 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, with six games remaining in the regular season. The only thing they've clinched so far is a spot in the new play-in tournament, which James has derided. Still dealing with a high ankle sprain, he will be out again Friday night for a pivotal game at Portland. That season series is tied at one.

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Rebounds Per Game
Rank Name RPG
1 C. Capela, Atl14.3
2 R. Gobert, Uta13.4
3 J. Valanciunas, Mem12.3
4 D. Sabonis, Ind11.8
5 N. Vucevic, Chi11.5
6 R. Westbrook, Was11.4
7 E. Kanter, Por11.2
8 G. Antetokounmpo, Mil11.1
9 N. Jokic, Den10.9
10 J. Embiid, Phi10.8
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Blocks Per Game
Rank Name BPG
1 M. Turner, Ind3.38
2 R. Gobert, Uta2.77
3 N. Noel, NY2.22
4 C. Capela, Atl2.05
5 C. Boucher, Tor1.86
6 R. Williams, Bos1.78
7 J. Poeltl, SA1.70
8 R. Holmes, Sac1.56
9 J. Allen, Cle1.51
10 B. Lopez, Mil1.49
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