The Lakers were fixed with Chris Paul scoring 21 points and Danilo Gallinari including 19 for the Thunder, who are even with the Houston Rockets for the fifth seed in the west.

The helpless shooting was the destruction of the Lakers, with the side creation just 35 percent of their shots and scoring five of 37 three-point endeavors.

LeBron James drove the route for the Lakers with 19 points and 11 bounce back, yet Anthony Davis – who midpoints more than 26 points a game this season – was held to only nine.

Somewhere else, Ben Simmons left the game with a left knee injury yet the Philadelphia 76ers crushed the Washington Wizards 107-98.

The Wizards have lost four straight games since the NBA restarted in the Florida bubble and are on the cusp of passing up the post-season.

Joel Embiid top-scored with 30 points, while Tobias Harris included 17.

In the Western Conference playoff race, there were routes for the Memphis Grizzlies and the San Antonio Spurs who are among the groups competing for the eighth seed.

The Grizzlies went down to the Utah Jazz 124-115, with Joe Ingles scoring 12 in the last quarter, while the Spurs were crushed by the Denver Nuggets 132-126.

Ruling champions the Toronto Raptors, who are surrounding making sure about the second seed in the East, made it seven successes in succession with a 109-99 triumph over the Orlando Magic while the Boston Celtics – third in the

conference – cleared past the Brooklyn Nets 149-115.

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