LOS ANGELES: James Harden scored 23 points, Joe Harris added 21 with six 3-pointers and the Brooklyn Nets routed the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers 109-98 Thursday (Friday in Manila) for their season-best fifth straight victory.

Kyrie Irving had 16 points and seven rebounds as Brooklyn easily won this matchup of NBA title contenders and improved to 4-0 on a five-game West Coast road trip even without Kevin Durant, who missed his third straight game with a strained left hamstring.

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Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (center left) shoots as he is fouled by Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Feb. 18, 2021 (February 19 in Manila) in Los Angeles. AP PHOTO

Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot scored 15 points and hit five of the 18 3-pointers by the Nets, who pulled away comfortably in the second half.

Anthony Davis and Dennis Schroder sat out for Los Angeles, leaving the defending champions without two of their top three scorers.

LeBron James scored his 35,000th career point while getting 32 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Lakers. Kyle Kuzma added 16 points and 10 rebounds for Los Angeles, which lost for only the second time in 10 games.

Davis missed his second straight game after aggravating his strained right calf and Achilles last weekend. The Lakers also played without Schroder, a late scratch under the NBA’s health and safety protocols.

Along with their longest overall winning streak in two years, the Nets have won four straight road games for the first time since December 2008. They’ve also got seven straight wins over Western Conference opponents for their longest streak since November 2006, and their three straight wins over the Lakers at Staples Center is the longest run in franchise history.

Heat 118, Kings 110
In Sacramento, Jimmy Butler had 13 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds for his third consecutive triple double.

Bam Adebayo also had a triple-double with 16 points, 10 assists and 12 rebounds to help Miami to its first win in Sacramento in nearly five years. Tyler Herro scored 27 points and Kelly Olynyk added a season-high 22 points and seven rebounds.

Already the only player in franchise history with triple-doubles in consecutive games after doing it against the Clippers and Warriors, Butler made it three in a row with season-highs in assists and rebounds against the Kings.

One day after blowing a 15-point halftime lead and losing to the Warriors in overtime, the Heat built another early big lead and this time held on against the short-handed and sloppy Kings.

Miami led by 23 points in the third before Sacramento made four consecutive 3s and closed the quarter on a 19-9 run to pull within 89-79.

The Heat pulled away early in the fourth after Herro made a 3-pointer and three-point play on consecutive possessions.

Marvin Bagley 3rd had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Sacramento. De’Aaron Fox added 11 points and 10 assists.

The Kings have lost five straight following a season-best four-game win streak.

Miami got a big lift in the first half from Herro, who had 14 points in the first quarters after making seven of his first nine shots. Andre Iguodala added a steal in the backcourt and dunk to put the Heat up 57-43.

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