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D-Fenders set NBA Development League scoring record with 175 points

The D-Fenders (5-10) set an NBA Development League record Saturday night, scoring 175 points in a win over the Reno Bighorns (5-6).

The Lakers' D-League affiliate also set records with most points in a single quarter (56) and half (94).

Guard/forward Manny Harris, who played with the Lakers last season on a pair of 10-day contracts, notched a triple-double with 39 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds.

The Lakers' three affiliate players, each of which went through training camp with the Lakers, all had big nights. Forward Roscoe Smith scored 22 points with 16 rebounds, Jabari Brown contributed 28 points and Keith Appling added 22 points.

Ater Majok, the Lakers' 58th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, scored 18 points with seven rebounds.

Former Denver Nuggets forward Quincy Miller led the Bighorns with 28 points off the bench.

Vander Blue scored 26 points with 12 assists for the D-Fenders.

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Preview: Lakers at Sacramento Kings

The Lakers (8-18) recently defeated the Sacramento Kings (11-15) at Staples Center. The Kings will get a rematch on Sunday night, this time with their star center DeMarcus Cousins -- who missed 10 games with viral meningitis.

Cousins made his return on Thursday night, scoring 27 points with 11 rebounds and five assists in a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Lakers may be without Nick Young, who was ejected during the team's loss Friday to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Young was called for a flagrant foul 2 after hitting Steven Adams with a forearm -- a suspension could be coming.

The team is still down Xavier Henry (Achilles), Ryan Kelly (hamstring), Steve Nash (back) and Julius Randle (leg).

Key matchup

Cousins is one of the top big men in the league, averaging 23.7 points and 12.5 rebounds.

The Kings have a 9-7 record with Cousins but were just 2-8 without him.

The Lakers will counter with Jordan Hill, Ed Davis, Robert Sacre and Carlos Boozer.

Kobe Bryant is the Lakers' primary scorer....

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Five takeaways from the Lakers' loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder

The Lakers (8-18) lost a close one to the Kevin Durant-less Oklahoma City Thunder (13-14).  Here are five takeaways from their 104-103 loss on Friday at Staples Center.

1) Kobe Bryant neared a triple-double with nine points, eight rebounds and eight assists.  Six Lakers scored in double figures, led by Ed Davis, but Bryant's missed attempt at the game-winner kept him in single digits.  The Lakers' All-Star guard shot only three for 15 from the field with just four free throws.

"I did not have my legs tonight," said Bryant after the game. "It's frustrating, and I have to figure it out.  It's hit or miss right now. Some games it's there, some games it's not. I just have to try different things and see where it goes."

2) The Lakers tied their season high with 28 assists, which they originally set in their first win of the season over the Charlotte Hornets on Nov. 9. Kobe Bryant led the team with his eight assists while Jeremy Lin contributed five off the bench. The Lakers also had 11...

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Kobe Bryant misses final shot in Lakers' 104-103 loss to Thunder

The Oklahoma City Thunder outlasted the Lakers, 104-103, on Friday night at Staples Center in a close fourth quarter that saw the lead change seven times in the last five minutes.

Kobe Bryant missed a jumper by nearly a foot with 55.9 seconds left with the Lakers down a point.  Russell Westbrook converted his attempt with 38.2 seconds left to put the Thunder ahead by three points, 104-101.

Jeremy Lin got the Lakers to within a point with 32.5 seconds left, which was followed by a Lakers stop. But Bryant's final shot at the buzzer wouldn't drop for the win.

Westbrook was the game's leading scorer with 31 points to go along with 10 assists. Reggie Jackson added 25 points off the bench for the Thunder, who were playing without reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant (ankle).

Serge Ibaka added 16 points for the Thunder, who shot 43% from the field and 75.9% (22 of 29) from the free-throw line.

The Lakers had six players in double figures, but not Bryant, who finished with nine...

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Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant out Friday night vs. Lakers

All-Star forward Kevin Durant will not play against the Lakers (8-17) on Friday night at Staples Center.

Durant suffered a mild right ankle sprain on Thursday night, as the Oklahoma City Thunder (12-14) fell to the Golden State Warriors (22-3), 114-109.

The Lakers perhaps catch a break, hosting the Thunder without the NBA's reigning Most Valuable Player.  Durant is averaging 22.4 points this season, sitting out 17 games after a foot injury.

After winning three straight, the Lakers were bombarded by the Pacers (8-18) in Indiana on Monday.  The Lakers took Tuesday off, but have had plenty of time to prepare for the visiting Thunder.

Of course, the Lakers will still have to deal with Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka, Reggie Jackson and a talented Thunder roster.

The Lakers are currently in 13th place in the Western Conference, 3 1/2 games behind the 10th-place Thunder.  The New Orleans Pelicans (13-12) are currently in eighth place in the West, followed by the Phoenix Suns (13-14).


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Preview: Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

The Lakers (8-17) return to the court on Friday, hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder (12-14). 

After a three-game winning streak, the last two on the road, the Lakers were blown out by the Indiana Pacers (110-91). With time to rest and prepare for the Thunder, the team is hoping for a better performance on Friday.

Kevin Durant suffered a mild right ankle sprain in the Thunder's Thursday-night loss in Golden State to the Warriors (114-109).  He's a game-time decision.

The Lakers are still down Xavier Henry (Achilles), Ryan Kelly (hamstring), Steve Nash (back) and Julius Randle (leg). 

Key matchup

Obviously, if Durant plays, the Thunder are a different team, arguably a title contender.  Durant missed the start of the season with a foot injury, as did point guard Russell Westbrook (hand).

The Thunder's two-headed offensive monster is difficult for most teams to contend with -- injuries are the reason Oklahoma City sits below .500 this season.

Durant can score almost anywhere on the floor. ...

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