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James scores 19 in 1,300th regular-season game in Lakers win

The Los Angeles Lakers blew a 14-point, fourth-quarter lead in their first meeting against the Golden State Warriors. They were determined not to let that happen Sunday night.

LeBron James scored 19 points in his 1,300th regular-season appearance as the Lakers routed the Warriors 117-91. James is the 23rd player in NBA history to appear in that many regular-season games. He was one of six Los Angeles players to score in double figures.

The defending NBA champions had dropped five of six since Anthony Davis suffered a right calf strain on Feb. 14, but have won their last two.

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, right, puts his head in his hands after his team was charged with an offensive foul during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP PhotoMark J. Terrill)

Eric Paschall scored 18 points for Golden State, which had its three-game winning streak snapped. Stephen Curry added 16 points and Kelly Oubre Jr. 14.

The Warriors rallied for a 115-113 victory on Jan. 18 at Staples Center, but never had a chance in this one. Los Angeles went on a 16-2 run to take a 20-5 lead with 7:23 remaining in the first quarter as four of its first six field goals were 3-pointers.

The Lakers ended the quarter with 12 straight points to go up 41-21. James had 10 points in the quarter, including two on free throws as Los Angeles was 13 of 16 from the line in the quarter.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, right, passes the ball while under pressure from Los Angeles Lakers guard Dennis Schroder, left, and guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, below, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP PhotoMark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles had a season-high 73 first-half points as it extended its lead to 29 at halftime (73-44). Its largest lead was 35 late in the third quarter.

GREEN INJURED

Draymond Green suffered a left ankle sprain during the second quarter and did not return after scoring six points in 13 minutes.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, falls and looses the ball while under pressure from Los Angeles Lakers guard Dennis Schroder during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP PhotoMark J. Terrill)

TIP-INS

Warriors: Golden State was 8 of 34 from beyond the arc. The 23.5% accuracy rate is its fourth worst of the season.

Lakers: Markieff Morris and Alex Caruso each scored 13 points, while Dennis Schröder and Kyle Kuzma had 12 apiece and Talen Horton-Tucker 11. ... This was the fourth time over the past two seasons Los Angeles has led by at least 28 points at halftime. ... The Lakers were 6 of 9 on 3-pointers in the first quarter but struggled the rest of the game, going 5 of 22.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Dennis Schroder falls after being fouled in the act of shooting during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP PhotoMark J. Terrill)

UP NEXT

Warriors: Travel to Portland on Wednesday. The teams have split their first two meetings this season.

Lakers: Host Phoenix on Tuesday. This is the first matchup between the teams this year after Los Angeles won all three games last season.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, right, dives for a loose ball while Los Angeles Lakers guard Dennis Schroder, left, and guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope watch during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP PhotoMark J. Terrill)

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