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LeBron James’ big finish helps the Lakers beat the Raptors in OT

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Behind stellar play from LeBron James and Russell Westbrook and solid play from the reserves, the Lakers clinched a hard-fought 128-123 overtime win over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.

James had 36 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, while Westbrook had a triple-double of 22 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds to help the Lakers break an 11-game losing streak on the road. James scored 16 of his points in the fourth quarter.

The Lakers forced overtime after Westbrook pulled a steal in a Raptors inbounds game, then raced onto the court and flipped a three-pointer with four-tenths of a second in the fourth to keep the score at 116.

Avery Bradley knocked down a three-pointer from a Westbrook pass to give the Lakers a 125-123 lead in overtime and converted two free throws with 12.6 seconds left for a 127-123 lead that sealed the game.

Wenyen Gabriel, who was in the starting XI, contributed 17 points while Bradley (14 points) and Austin Reaves (10 points, seven rebounds, six assists) were big off the bench.

Rookie Scottie Barnes had a season-high 31 points with 17 rebounds and six assists to lead the Raptors. Gary Trent Jr. hit four of eight three-pointers to finish with 23 points, while Fred VanVleet had 20 with seven assists.

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IN WASHINGTON

When: 5 p.m. PDT, Saturday.

In the air: Television: Spectrum SportsNet; Radio: 710, 1330

To update: The Wizards (29-40) have lost six straight games after losing 100-97 to the Knicks on Friday night in New York. Washington had challenged Charlotte in the East for 10th place but is now 5½ games behind after the Hornets won five of seven.

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Andrew Schnitker

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