Lakers make short work of Warriors

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    ATTACK MODE: Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo drives off the Wizards’ Bradley Beal and Alex Len in first half action. REUTERS PHOTO

    LEBRON James scored 15 of his team-high 27 points in the second quarter Monday night (Tuesday in Manila), during which the Los Angeles Lakers pulled away from the Golden State Warriors en route to a 128-97 victory in San Francisco.

    The win allowed the Lakers to win the season series 2-1 from their Pacific Division rival, which is potentially significant in that the team that won the last six series between the two went on to reach the NBA finals, claiming four championships.

    The game was tied 29-all in the first minute of the second period before Harrell helped the Lakers take command for good.

    First, he contributed two hoops and three free throws to a 13-3 burst that allowed the visitors to build their first double-digit lead at 42-32.

    Later, he provided the first four points in a 17-8 finish to the quarter that turned a six-point game into a 65-50 halftime advantage.

    The Warriors, who were coming off an impressive home win over Utah one day earlier, could get no closer than 12 in the second half.

    James’ triple-double, his fourth of the season, consisted of 22 points and game highs of 10 rebounds and 11 assists. He ranks fifth on the NBA’s all-time list for triple-doubles, needing nine to tie Jason Kidd for fourth.

    In other games, it was the Bucks 133, Wizards 122; Nets 117, Knicks 112; Clippers 109, Mavs 99; Nuggets 121, Pacers 106; Hornets 122, Kings 116; Spurs 109, Pistons 99; and Suns 122, Grizzlies 99.

    Bucks 133, Wizards 122

    Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded his third triple-double in as many games, and the Milwaukee Bucks held off a second-half surge to beat the host Washington Wizards 133-122 on Monday.

    Antetokounmpo finished with 31 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists in what was actually his fourth consecutive triple-double — counting his Most Valuable Player-winning performance in the March 7 All-Star Game.

    Milwaukee’s Brook Lopez shot 8 of 12 from the floor for 22 points and Khris Middleton added 23 points. The trio paced the Bucks through a dominant first 2 1/2 quarters, pushing the lead to as many as 26 points in the third quarter.

    Nets 117, Knicks 112

    Kyrie Irving scored 34 points and James Harden posted his 10th triple-double of the season with 21 points, 15 rebounds and 15 assists as host Brooklyn held off New York.

    Harden entered the fourth quarter one rebound shy of the triple-double and got it 41 seconds into the period. The Nets eventually secured their 13th win in 14 games.

    Julius Randle led the Knicks with 33 points and 12 rebounds, and RJ Barrett chipped in 23 points, six rebounds and four assists.