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 3 LA Lakers 24-21 
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Points Per Game
 James HARDEN
  Houston R.
  (196-SG-89)
  Avg: 35.4
 1. Harden, Houston R.35.4 
 2. Curry, Golden S.29.8 
 3. Davis, N.Orleans P.29.4 
 4. Durant, Golden S.28.2 
 5. Leonard, Toronto R.27.6 
 6. James, LA Lakers27.3 
 7. Embiid, Philadel.27.0 
 8. George, Oklah.Ci.26.6 
 9. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.26.4 
 10. Lillard, Portland.26.2 
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 Andre DRUMMOND
  Detro.
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 15.2
 1. Drummond, Detro.15.2 
 2. Jordan, Dallas M.13.9 
 3. Davis, N.Orleans P.13.5 
 4. Embiid, Philadel.13.3 
 5. Gobert, Utah Jazz13.0 
 6. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.12.5 
 7. Capela, Houston R.12.5 
 8. Whiteside, Miami Heat12.4 
 9. Towns, Minnesot.12.4 
 10. Vucevic, Orlan.12.0 
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 Russell WESTBROOK
  Oklah.Ci.
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.6 
 2. Lowry, Toronto R.9.5 
 3. Wall, Washington W.8.7 
 4. Harden, Houston R.8.5 
 5. Holiday, N.Orlean.8.2 
 6. Simmons, Philadel.8.2 
 7. Teague, Minnesot.8.1 
 8. Paul, Houston R.8.0 
 9. Jokic, Denver N.7.5 
 10. Green, Golden S.7.3 
Steals Per Game
 Russell WESTBROOK
  Oklah.Ci.
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.2.6 
 2. Covington, Minnesot.2.3 
 3. George, Oklah.Ci.2.3 
 4. Paul, Houston R.2.1 
 5. Harden, Houston R.2.0 
 6. Leonard, Toronto R.1.9 
 7. Butler, Philadel.1.8 
 8. Fox, Sacramento K.1.8 
 9. Smart, Boston C.1.8 
 10. Davis, N.Orleans P.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Myles TURNER
  Indiana P.
  (211-C/F-96)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Turner, Indiana P.2.8 
 2. Davis, N.Orleans P.2.6 
 3. Whiteside, Miami Heat2.4 
 4. McGee, LA Lakers2.3 
 5. Embiid, Philadel.2.0 
 6. Gobert, Utah Jazz2.0 
 7. Lopez, Milwauke.2.0 
 8. Towns, Minnesot.1.9 
 9. Capela, Houston R.1.8 
 10. Robinson, New Y.1.8 
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Day 92 (Regular Season)

Wash.W. 75% Jan.17 New York K.
Charlotte H 51% Jan.17 Sacramento K
Indiana P. 57% Jan.17 Philadelphia
Toronto R. 86% Jan.17 Phoenix Suns
Denver N. 88% Jan.17 Chicago B.
Oklah.City T 58% Jan.17 LA Lakers
Grizzlies edge Spurs, Bucks outgun Rockets on Wednesday - Jan 10, 2019


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Here is the last round review presented by ESL.

Spurs (24-18) recorded its eighteenth loss on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Grizzlies (19-22) 96-86. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Spurs. Grizzlies dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Spurs' 38. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Grizzlies made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was Spanish center Marc Gasol (216-85) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds. Forward JaMychal Green (206-90, college: Alabama) chipped in 12 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward LaMarcus Aldridge (211-85, college: Texas) who recorded 13 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Grizzlies moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Dallas M. Spurs at the other side still keep top position with 18 games lost. Grizzlies will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Spurs will play on the road against the league's second-placed Thunder in Oklahoma City and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked 76ers (27-15) against fourth ranked Wizards (17-25) on Wednesday night. Host 76ers were defeated by Wizards in Philadelphia 123-106. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of 76ers. It was a good game for Bradley Beal (196-93, college: Florida) who led his team to a victory with 34 points (!!!) and 5 assists. Otto Porter contributed with 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Cameroonian center Joel Embiid (213-94, college: Kansas) replied with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds for 76ers. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Wizards maintains fourth position with 17-25 record. 76ers at the other side keep the second place with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Magic (17-24) against fifth ranked Jazz (21-21) on Wednesday night. Host Magic unexpectedly was defeated by in Orlando 93-106. Worth to mention a great performance of Donovan Mitchell who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!) and 7 assists. The best for the losing side was DJ Augustin with 23 points and 6 assists. Jazz moved-up to fourth place. Magic lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the third position with 24 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Indianapolis. Third ranked Celtics faced second-best Pacers. Guests from Boston (25-15) smashed host Pacers (27-14) 135-108. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The winners were led by Marcus Morris who scored that evening 22 points and 8 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Celtics have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Oklah.City T. Pacers at the other side still keep top position with 14 games lost. Celtics' next round opponent will be league's leader Heat in Miami and it will be for sure the game of the week.
First ranked Bucks faced second-best Rockets. Host Bucks (29-11) defeated guests from Houston (23-17) 116-109. The best player for the winners was Giannis Antetokounmpo who had a double-double by scoring 27 points, 21 rebounds and 5 assists. Bucks' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Bucks maintains first position with 29-11 record. Loser Rockets keep the second place with 17 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

Rest of the games of round 84 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Brooklyn N. defeated Atlanta H. in a road game 116-100. Cleveland C. was beaten by N.Orleans P. at home 124-140. Dallas M. won against Phoenix Suns on the opponent's court 104-94. Chicago B. unfortunately lost to Portland TB in a home game 112-124. LA Lakers managed to beat Detroit P. on the road 113-100.
The best stats of 84th round was 41 points (!!!) by Kyle Kuzma of LA Lakers.



Atlanta H. - Brooklyn N. 100-116

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Hawks' (12-29) home loss to fourth ranked Nets (21-22) 100-116 on Wednesday. They made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Nets forced 19 Hawks turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Nets made 9 blocks. Hawks were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was DAngelo Russell (196-96, college: Ohio St.) who scored 23 points and 4 assists. Guard Joe Harris (198-91, college: Virginia) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was U.S. Virgin Islands-American John Collins (208-97, college: Wake Forest) who recorded a double-double by scoring 30 points and 14 rebounds and guard Kevin Huerter (201-98, college: Maryland) added 14 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Nets maintains fourth position with 21-22 record. Loser Hawks keep the fifth place with 29 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Atlanta H.: J.Collins 30+14reb+1ast, T.Young 17+2reb+7ast, J.Lin 16+5reb+3ast, K.Huerter 14+10reb+3ast, A.Len 10+4reb, D.Dedmon 8+6reb+1ast
Brooklyn N.: D.Russell 23+3reb+4ast, D.Carroll 17+3reb, S.Dinwiddie 16+4reb+5ast, J.Harris 16+9reb+2ast, J.Allen 11+5reb+1ast, R.Kurucs 11+4reb+2ast
gschID: 642434


Philadelphia 76ers - Washington W. 106-123

Very important is a home loss of second ranked 76ers (27-15) against fourth ranked Wizards (17-25) on Wednesday night. Host 76ers were defeated by Wizards in Philadelphia 123-106. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of 76ers. Wizards made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 24 76ers turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. It was a good game for Bradley Beal (196-93, college: Florida) who led his team to a victory with 34 points (!!!) and 5 assists. Forward Otto Porter (203-93, college: Georgetown) contributed with 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Cameroonian center Joel Embiid (213-94, college: Kansas) replied with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds and swingman Jimmy Butler (201-89, college: Marquette) added 23 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for 76ers. Four 76ers players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Wizards maintains fourth position with 17-25 record. 76ers at the other side keep the second place with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Philadelphia 76ers: J.Embiid 35+14reb+2ast, J.Butler 23+9reb+2ast, F.Korkmaz 16+5reb+2ast, B.Simmons 15+10reb+8ast, W.Chandler 5+1reb+3ast, L.Shamet 5+2reb
Washington W.: B.Beal 34+2reb+5ast, O.Porter 23+6reb, T.Ariza 17+5reb+1ast, S.Dekker 11+2reb+1ast, T.Bryant 9+6reb+2ast, J.Green 8+5reb+3ast
gschID: 642433


Indiana P. - Boston C. 108-135

Third ranked Celtics faced second-best Pacers. Guests from Boston (25-15) smashed host Pacers (27-14) 135-108. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Celtics made 21-of-24 charity shots (87.5 percent) during the game. Celtics had a 39-27 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 32 assists. Celtics brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. The winners were led by forward Marcus Morris (206-89, college: Kansas) who scored that evening 22 points and 8 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and forward Jaylen Brown (201-96, college: California) supported him with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Even 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) by Lithuanian-American power forward Domantas Sabonis (209-96, college: Gonzaga) did not help to save the game for Pacers. Point guard Tyreke Evans (198-89, college: Memphis) added 15 points and 5 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Celtics have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Oklah.City T. Pacers at the other side still keep top position with 14 games lost. Celtics' next round opponent will be league's leader Heat in Miami and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Indiana P.: D.Sabonis 20+7reb+5ast, V.Oladipo 17+3reb, T.Evans 15+3reb+5ast, K.O'Quinn 11+5reb+3ast, T.Young 10+8reb+1ast, T.Leaf 8+2reb+1ast
Boston C.: J.Brown 22+7reb+3ast, M.Morris 22+8reb+2ast, J.Tatum 20+4reb, G.Hayward 14+5reb+4ast, D.Theis 12+6reb+1ast, K.Irving 12+2reb+2ast
gschID: 642432


Milwaukee B. - Houston R. 116-109

First ranked Bucks faced second-best Rockets. Host Bucks (29-11) defeated guests from Houston (23-17) 116-109. Bucks dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Rockets' 28 and made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Bucks looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was Greek-Nigerian swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo (211-94, agency: Octagon Europe) who had a double-double by scoring 27 points, 21 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Malcolm Brogdon (196-92, college: Virginia) chipped in 24 points and 5 rebounds. Bucks' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. At the other side the best for losing team was James Harden (196-89, college: Arizona St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 42 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 6 assists and Swiss power forward Clint Capela (208-94) added 18 points and 13 rebounds respectively. Five Bucks and four Rockets players scored in double figures. Bucks maintains first position with 29-11 record. Loser Rockets keep the second place with 17 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Houston R.: J.Harden 42+11reb+6ast, C.Capela 18+13reb+1ast, G.Green 16+2reb+1ast, A.Rivers 13+4reb+2ast, P.Tucker 8+8reb+7ast, B.Knight 3+1reb
Milwaukee B.: G.Antetokounmpo 27+21reb+5ast, M.Brogdon 24+5reb+3ast, K.Middleton 15+3reb+4ast, S.Brown 13+3reb+4ast, E.Ilyasova 10+7reb, E.Bledsoe 10+4reb+5ast
gschID: 642435


Cleveland C. - N.Orleans P. 124-140

No shocking result in a game in Cleveland where third ranked Pelicans (20-22) defeated 5th ranked Cavaliers (8-34) 140-124 on Wednesday. Pelicans made 36-of-39 free shots (92.3 percent) during the game. Pelicans outrebounded Cavaliers 44-31 including a 33-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Pelicans made 7 blocks. Cavaliers were plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was center Anthony Davis (208-93, college: Kentucky) who had a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!), 13 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 blocks. Point guard Jrue Holiday (193-90, college: UCLA) chipped in 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Australian guard Matthew Dellavedova (193-90, college: St.Mary's, CA) who recorded 17 points and 7 assists and American-Filipino guard Jordan Clarkson (196-92, college: Missouri) added 21 points respectively. Five Pelicans and four Cavaliers players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Pelicans have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 20-22 record having four points less than leader Toronto R. Cavaliers lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 34 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Cleveland C.: J.Clarkson 21+4reb+2ast, M.Dellavedova 17+4reb+7ast, A.Burks 17+2ast, C.Payne 16+2ast, C.Sexton 13+3reb+4ast, A.Zizic 10+4reb+2ast
N.Orleans P.: A.Davis 38+13reb+7ast, F.Jackson 19+1reb+1ast, J.Holiday 18+7reb+5ast, N.Mirotic 17+4reb+1ast, J.Randle 17+8reb+4ast, D.Miller 8+2reb+3ast
gschID: 642437


San Antonio S. - Memphis G. 86-96

Spurs (24-18) recorded its eighteenth loss in San Antonio on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Grizzlies (19-22) 96-86. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Spurs. Grizzlies dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Spurs' 38. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Grizzlies made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was Spanish center Marc Gasol (216-85) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds. Forward JaMychal Green (206-90, college: Alabama) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Four Grizzlies players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward LaMarcus Aldridge (211-85, college: Texas) who recorded 13 points and 7 rebounds and Spanish power forward Pau Gasol (213-80) added 7 points and 12 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Grizzlies moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Dallas M. Spurs at the other side still keep top position with 18 games lost. Grizzlies will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Spurs will play on the road against the league's second-placed Thunder in Oklahoma City and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
San Antonio S.: B.Forbes 14+4reb+1ast, M.Belinelli 14+3reb+1ast, L.Aldridge 13+7reb+1ast, P.Mills 13+3reb+3ast, D.White 12+2reb+2ast, D.DeRozan 9+5reb+4ast
Memphis G.: M.Gasol 26+14reb+3ast, M.Conley 15+2reb+6ast, J.Green 12+11reb+2ast, J.Jackson Jr. 12+2reb, S.Mack 10+3reb+7ast, K.Anderson 9+3reb+2ast
gschID: 642436


Orlando M. - Utah Jazz 93-106

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Magic (17-24) against fifth ranked Jazz (21-21) on Wednesday night. Host Magic unexpectedly was defeated by in Orlando 93-106. Jazz looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Donovan Mitchell (190-96, college: Louisville) who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!) and 7 assists and French center Rudy Gobert (216-92) who added 12 points and 14 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was point guard DJ Augustin (183-87, college: Texas) with 23 points and 6 assists and Aaron Gordon (206-95, college: Arizona) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Five Jazz and four Magic players scored in double figures. Jazz moved-up to fourth place. Magic lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the third position with 24 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Orlando M.: D.Augustin 23+3reb+6ast, N.Vucevic 20+8reb+3ast, A.Gordon 18+10reb+3ast, T.Ross 13+5reb, J.Isaac 9+5reb+1ast, K.Birch 7+4reb
Utah Jazz: D.Mitchell 33+4reb+7ast, J.Ingles 16+2reb+7ast, R.Gobert 12+14reb+2ast, K.Korver 11+7reb+2ast, R.Neto 10+3reb+3ast, J.Crowder 9+2reb+2ast
gschID: 642439


Phoenix Suns - Dallas M. 94-104

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Suns' (10-33) loss to fourth ranked Mavericks (19-22) 94-104 on Wednesday. Mavericks shot 32 for 45 from the free-throw line, while Suns only scored fifteen points from the stripe. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Suns were plagued by 34 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Slovenian guard Luka Doncic (201-99) who scored 30 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Harrison Barnes (203-92, college: N.Carolina) chipped in 17 points (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). At the other side the best for losing team was forward TJ Warren (203-93, college: NC State) who recorded 20 points and 7 rebounds and forward Richaun Holmes (206-93, college: Bowling Green) added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Mavericks maintains fourth position with 19-22 record, which they share with Memphis G. Loser Suns keep the fifth place with 33 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Phoenix Suns: T.Warren 20+7reb+1ast, J.Jackson 17+6reb+3ast, R.Holmes 16+6reb+5ast, K.Oubre 14+1reb+1ast, E.Okobo 10+4reb+3ast, D.Ayton 6+5reb+1ast
Dallas M.: L.Doncic 30+6reb+5ast, H.Barnes 17+4reb+3ast, W.Matthews 14+2reb+5ast, M.Kleber 13+9reb+1ast, D.Jordan 11+7reb+1ast, J.Brunson 7+1ast
gschID: 642438


Chicago B. - Portland TB 112-124

The game between closely ranked teams ended with third ranked Trail Blazers' (25-17) road victory over one of their biggest challengers Bulls (10-31) 124-112 on Wednesday. Trail Blazers made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Trail Blazers made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was guard CJ McCollum (193-91, college: Lehigh) who scored 24 points and 4 assists. Forward Zach Collins (213-97, college: Gonzaga) chipped in 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Wendell Carter-Jr (208-99, college: Duke) who recorded 22 points and 6 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and guard Kris Dunn (193-94, college: Providence) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Trail Blazers have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 25-17 record having just one point less than leader Toronto R. Bulls lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 31 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Chicago B.: W.Carter Jr. 22+6reb+1ast, Z.LaVine 18+2reb+3ast, B.Portis 15+6reb, K.Dunn 15+5reb+7ast, A.Blakeney 12+1reb+1ast, L.Markkanen 10+5reb+2ast
Portland TB: C.McCollum 24+3reb+4ast, J.Nurkic 18+8reb+1ast, S.Curry 17+1reb, D.Lillard 16+1reb+10ast, Z.Collins 16+9reb+4ast, A.Aminu 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 642440


Detroit P. - LA Lakers 100-113

There was a minor upset in Detroit where one of their biggest challengers Pistons (17-22) were defeated by third ranked Lakers (23-19) 113-100 on Wednesday. Lakers dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Pistons' 50. They outrebounded Pistons 47-34 including a 38-26 advantage in defensive rebounds. Lakers looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists. The best player for the winners was forward Kyle Kuzma (206-95, college: Utah) who scored 41 points (!!!). Brandon Ingram (206-97, college: Duke) chipped in 10 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was center Andre Drummond (208-93, college: Connecticut) who recorded 6 points and 17 rebounds and forward Blake Griffin (208-89, college: Oklahoma) added 16 points and 6 assists respectively. Five Lakers and four Pistons players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Lakers maintains third position with 23-19 record having one point less than leader Toronto R. which they share with defeated Pistons. Pistons lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with 22 games lost. Lakers will have a break next round. Pistons will play at home against Kings and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Detroit P.: B.Griffin 16+6ast, L.Galloway 15+3reb+1ast, R.Jackson 15+2reb+5ast, R.Bullock 13+3reb+1ast, L.Kennard 12+5reb+2ast, S.Johnson 9+2ast
LA Lakers: K.Kuzma 41+2reb, M.Beasley 19+2reb+4ast, K.Caldwell-Pope 15+6reb+4ast, I.Zubac 11+9reb+1ast, J.McGee 10+5reb+2ast, B.Ingram 10+9reb+6ast
gschID: 642441
  




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