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Lakers' Week 8 in review — The Lakers finished Week 7 celebrating the highs of a three-game winning streak and Kobe Bryant's passing Michael Jordan for third on the all-time career scoring list. Week 8 was less successful. The Lakers were blown out Monday by the Pacers, 110-91, in Indiana. The game wasn't as close as the final score.

Lakers vs. Sacramento Kings: quarter-by-quarter updates — The Lakers (8-18) lost a close battle on Friday night to the Oklahoma City Thunder (13-14). On Sunday, they'll visit the Sacramento Kings (11-15), a team that recently fired Cach Mike Malone, installing Ty Corbin in his place in the interim. DeMarcus Cousins is working his way back after a bout with viral meningitis.

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).

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.

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.

Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: live updates

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.

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.

Jordan Clarkson scores 27 points, helps D-Fenders improve to 4-10 — Lakers rookie guard Jordan Clarkson scored 27 points on Thursday night, helping the D-Fenders improve to 4-10 with a 122-120 victory over the Sioux Falls Skyforce (5-7). Clarkson, who has struggled to crack the Lakers' rotation, got a valuable chance to play with the team's NBA Development league affiliate.

Is Kobe Bryant done in the NBA after his contract expires? 'Maybe' — Kobe Bryant is in the first season of a two-year, $48.5-million extension. Would he consider playing beyond his current contract, if the Lakers managed to quickly build a contender before the 2016-17 season? "It don't know, maybe," Bryant said after practice on Thursday. "It's really just my call, man.
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