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Lakers stay atop In-Season Tournament group

OREGON (AP) – LeBron James matched his season-high with 35 points and the Los Angeles Lakers handed the Portland Trail Blazers their sixth straight loss with a 107-95 victory in an In-Season Tournament game in Oregon yesterday.

Anthony Davis added 16 points and 14 rebounds, and the Lakers moved to 3-0 in Group A with the victory that counts toward the regular season.

Jerami Grant had 24 points for Portland. With the loss, the Blazers fell to 1-2 in the tournament and were eliminated from a shot at winning their group.

The Lakers led by as many as 17 points in the final quarter.

Rui Hachimura’s three-pointer put Los Angeles in front 97-83 with just over seven minutes left, sending fans to the exits.

LeBron James. PHOTO: AP

James was listed as questionable with a calf contusion but he started and played with a sleeve on his calf, finishing with nine assists – seven of them in the fourth quarter.

Los Angeles (7-6) kept its starters in until the end, because point differential matters in the group standings.

The Lakers are the only undefeated Western Conference team in the tournament.

The Lakers led by as many as 13 points in the first quarter and took a 30-23 lead into the second.

They stretched it to 54-40 on D’Angelo Russell’s three-pointer before going into halftime in front 60-50.

Grant’s three-pointer and free throw for Portland closed the gap to 63-60 early in the third.

The Blazers got as closes as 68-67 on Skylar Mays’ three.

Russell finished with 14 points for the Lakers.