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Surging Nets eliminate Lakers from playoff picture, 111-106

LOS ANGELES (AP) D'Angelo Russell took no public pleasure in playing a pretty big role in officially eliminating the Los Angeles Lakers from playoff contention for yet another season.

Russell is much more excited about the increasing likelihood that he's about to make his postseason debut with the Brooklyn Nets.

Joe Harris hit six 3-pointers while scoring 26 points, and Russell added 21 points and 13 assists against his former team in the Nets' 111-106 win over the Lakers on Friday night.

Russell had seven points and three assists in the fourth quarter while Brooklyn held on to beat the Lakers, who drafted Russell in 2015 and traded him in 2017. He hit two big 3-pointers down the stretch, and he raised his finger to his lips to shush his former fans in the Staples Center crowd.

But Russell said it was nothing personal, and he didn't think much about putting the final nail in the Lakers' playoff hopes.

''Sounds good on paper, but at the end of the day, we're not playing them,'' Russell said. ''We're not competing against them for seeding, so the win is good enough.''

Los Angeles (31-41) will miss the playoffs for a franchise-record sixth straight season even with LeBron James, who fell just short of his 81st career triple-double with 25 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds.

''It's been a tough season for all of us,'' James said. ''It's not what we signed up for. Throughout the year, things happen. Suspensions, injuries, and us just not being able to play sustainable basketball for 48 minutes. You don't even try to wrap your head around it. You just keep playing and try to get better and go from there.''

The Nets needed another big game from Russell, who scored 27 of his 44 points in the fourth quarter of a thrilling win over the Kings three nights earlier. That stunning effort in Sacramento was the latest highlight of a breakout season for LA's former No. 2 overall pick.

Russell was well-liked by Lakers fans - but not by Magic Johnson, who dumped Russell in a trade to get rid of Timofey Mozgov's onerous contract just a few months after the Hall of Famer took over the Lakers' basketball operations.

''This is definitely where I started,'' said Russell, who has previously acknowledged being irked by Magic's parting comments about his leadership. ''It's definitely a place that gave me an opportunity. Not many guys started somewhere and then that was forgotten throughout their career. You know, Chauncey Billups, the (Steve) Nashes of that group, so I'm trying to consider myself one of those guys.''

Russell has grown into an All-Star in Brooklyn, while the Lakers have stayed in largely the same place in the standings despite adding James last summer.

JaVale McGee had career highs of 33 points and 20 rebounds along with six blocked shots for the Lakers, who have lost five straight and 10 of 11.

After 23 lead changes, the Lakers got within three points in the final minute, but James committed a turnover and missed a 3-pointer in the closing seconds.

TIP-INS

Nets: Allen Crabbe missed his fourth straight game with a sore right knee.

Lakers: Tyson Chandler got his first game action since March 2. ... Kuzma hit a 3-pointer from half-court to beat the shot clock in the first quarter.

NETS RISING

Spencer Dinwiddie added 19 points in his hometown as the Nets (38-36) bolstered their playoff chances with their second straight win after an 0-3 start to this seven-game road trip. Brooklyn is seventh in the Eastern Conference standings, a half-game behind sixth-place Detroit and 2 1/2 games ahead of ninth-place Orlando.

STAYING HOME

The Lakers will miss for the sixth consecutive season, easily the longest streak in the 16-time NBA champion franchise's history. The Lakers had only missed the playoffs five times in their first 55 seasons of existence before this current drought.

With 10 games left in the season, the Lakers already know they're staying home again for the playoffs, even after adding James to the roster last July. James has played in the last eight consecutive NBA Finals, but he will miss the postseason for the first time since 2005, his second pro season with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

JAVALE'S BEST

McGee, the veteran big man with two championship rings from Golden State, had the biggest offensive game of his 11-year NBA career. He went 15 for 20 from the field, repeatedly converting in the paint on 10 assists from James.

UP NEXT

Nets: At Trail Blazers on Monday night.

Lakers: Host Kings on Sunday night.

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Key Players
D. Russell
1 PG
L. James
23 SF
35.3 Min. Per Game 35.3
27.5 Pts. Per Game 27.5
8.0 Ast. Per Game 8.0
8.5 Reb. Per Game 8.5
43.2 Field Goal % 51.0
43.2 Three Point % 51.2
79.3 Free Throw % 66.4
  BKN team rebound 0:04
  Spencer Dinwiddie missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:04
  Personal foul on Alex Caruso 0:04
  LeBron James missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:14
  Defensive rebound by JaVale McGee 0:16
  Spencer Dinwiddie missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:17
+ 1 Spencer Dinwiddie made 1st of 2 free throws 0:17
  Personal foul on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 0:17
  Out of bounds turnover on LeBron James 0:22
  Defensive rebound by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 0:30
+ 1 LeBron James made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:53
Team Stats
Points 111 106
Field Goals 37-92 (40.2%) 37-96 (38.5%)
3-Pointers 16-42 (38.1%) 9-36 (25.0%)
Free Throws 21-28 (75.0%) 23-32 (71.9%)
Total Rebounds 58 72
Offensive 11 19
Defensive 36 40
Team 11 13
Assists 21 21
Steals 8 8
Blocks 4 9
Turnovers 13 16
Fouls 25 26
Technicals 1 0
21 PTS, 2 REB, 13 AST
33 PTS, 20 REB
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away team logo Nets 38-36 20243433111
home team logo Lakers 31-41 23203033106
Team Stats
away team logo Nets 38-36 111.4 PPG 40.4 RPG 19.2 APG
home team logo Lakers 31-41 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
J. Harris SF 8.8 PPG 4.2 RPG 0.6 APG 37.2 FG%
J. McGee C PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
J. Harris SF 26 PTS 3 REB 2 AST
J. McGee C 33 PTS 20 REB 0 AST
40.2 FG% 38.5
38.1 3PT FG% 25.0
75.0 FT% 71.9
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Harris 26 3 2 8/15 6/8 4/4 2 31 0 0 0 0 3 +10 33
D. Russell 21 2 13 8/20 4/11 1/2 4 33 3 0 6 1 1 +12 46
D. Carroll 15 6 0 5/13 3/9 2/2 2 34 0 0 2 0 6 +8 19
J. Allen 13 11 0 4/7 0/0 5/8 2 27 0 1 2 3 8 +3 23
R. Kurucs 3 4 1 1/5 1/3 0/0 3 24 1 0 0 0 4 +1 10
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Harris 26 3 2 8/15 6/8 4/4 2 31 0 0 0 0 3 +10 33
D. Russell 21 2 13 8/20 4/11 1/2 4 33 3 0 6 1 1 +12 46
D. Carroll 15 6 0 5/13 3/9 2/2 2 34 0 0 2 0 6 +8 19
J. Allen 13 11 0 4/7 0/0 5/8 2 27 0 1 2 3 8 +3 23
R. Kurucs 3 4 1 1/5 1/3 0/0 3 24 1 0 0 0 4 +1 10
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
S. Dinwiddie 19 3 0 4/14 2/7 9/12 2 31 2 1 1 0 3 -3 24
E. Davis 14 15 0 7/11 0/0 0/0 5 20 1 1 1 7 8 0 30
J. Dudley 0 0 2 0/1 0/1 0/0 2 16 0 0 0 0 0 +1 4
C. LeVert 0 3 3 0/6 0/3 0/0 3 18 1 1 1 0 3 -7 10
A. Crabbe - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Hollis-Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Napier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Pinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Graham - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Musa - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 111 47 21 37/92 16/42 21/28 25 234 8 4 13 11 36 +25 199
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. McGee 33 20 0 15/20 0/0 3/7 5 34 1 6 3 12 8 -5 57
L. James 25 9 14 8/25 1/7 8/12 3 36 1 1 8 3 6 -2 56
K. Kuzma 18 5 0 5/19 3/11 5/5 5 34 0 1 2 1 4 -6 22
R. Rondo 5 3 4 2/6 1/2 0/0 3 24 1 0 0 0 3 -16 17
R. Bullock 5 3 0 2/9 1/6 0/0 2 28 2 1 0 0 3 -7 11
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. McGee 33 20 0 15/20 0/0 3/7 5 34 1 6 3 12 8 -5 57
L. James 25 9 14 8/25 1/7 8/12 3 36 1 1 8 3 6 -2 56
K. Kuzma 18 5 0 5/19 3/11 5/5 5 34 0 1 2 1 4 -6 22
R. Rondo 5 3 4 2/6 1/2 0/0 3 24 1 0 0 0 3 -16 17
R. Bullock 5 3 0 2/9 1/6 0/0 2 28 2 1 0 0 3 -7 11
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
A. Caruso 10 8 2 3/10 2/4 2/2 5 34 1 0 3 2 6 +9 20
K. Caldwell-Pope 7 4 1 1/6 1/6 4/4 2 33 2 0 0 1 3 +3 15
T. Chandler 3 7 0 1/1 0/0 1/2 1 12 0 0 0 0 7 +3 10
J. Williams 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 -3 0
M. Wagner 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
I. Bonga 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0
L. Stephenson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Machado - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Muscala - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hart - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Ingram - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Ball - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 106 59 21 37/96 9/36 23/32 26 238 8 9 16 19 40 -25 208