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The Kings and Lakers had the best worst game of the year

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SCORES GALORE ...

ATL 126, PHI 98
BOS 92, CHI 101
UTA 94, HOU 103
LAL 115, SAC 118

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BEST WORST GAME OF THE SEASON: Kings-Lakers was mad goofy. Sacramento went up by 21 at halftime, despite Kobe blasting off for a bunch of points and an alley-oop finish. The Kings were up by as much as 27 in the third before DeMarcus Cousins was saddled with foul trouble. The Lakers stormed, had a narrow lead in the final few minutes and lost due to a couple of really bad turnovers. Like, really bad. Byron Scott kept Kobe on the sidelines as D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson led the troops. It was kind of a bright spot for the young Lakers, all told.

It would be depressing that the Kings nearly lost a game they led by 27 over an awful team, except the eventual win moved them to within a half-game of the No. 8 seed in the West! At 15-21. What a world.

OF COURSE! The Kings made a cheeseburger joke on Twitter to commemorate Kobe's last visit to Sacramento.

PEAK PAU.

GOBERT IS BACK: The Stifle Tower wasted no time in dunking on someone.

YEP: Kyrie Irving is a magician. He looks so good already.

THE TANK IS MIGHTY ATTRACTIVE: Three options for what the Pelicans do next.

WOW: Draymond Green and Kawhi Leonard passed Blake Griffin in All-Star voting in the West. Dray is in line to become an All-Star starter, if Kawhi or Blake don't pass him. Kobe and Durant are the two leading frontcourt vote-getters in the West right now.

THE SIXERS' BIG SHORT: Excellent Brian Windhorst piece on what knocked Sam Hinkie's plan in Philadelphia off track.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE NBA'S WEIRDEST BEEF: TERRY STOTTS VS. DOC RIVERS.

[CHECKS CALENDAR]: Sean Deveney on the next time the Pelicans have to convince Anthony Davis to re-sign. In 2020.

COUNTERPOINT: Kevin Ding wonders if the league has become too obsessed with rest.

JIMMERMANIA 2: Ken Berger catches up with Jimmer Fredette, who is finally playing ... albeit in the D-League.

BOOMSHAKALAKA: A neat Great Big Story on the genesis of NBA Jam.

#KNICKSTAPE: Dan Devine on the subtle joys of the better but expectation-light Knickerbockers.

YES PLEASE: Vox Media has teamed up with Intel and the Born This Way Foundation to launch Hack Harassment. It's an effort to find technological and social fixes to limit and end online harassment, which, as you know, is a massive problem, particularly for women and minority groups. ESPECIALLY in the sports world.

Happy Friday. Have a wonderful weekend.

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