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Lakers cruise past Clippers 115-100 in season finale

This was the last game for a while, so I hope you enjoyed it.

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The Los Angeles Lakers capped off the 2017-18 season on a high note with a 115-100 over the Los Angeles Clippers behind a career night from rookie Josh Hart.

With a number of their offensive weapons sidelined, Hart continued to show his potential as a two-way player Wednesday against the Clippers. Hart poured on a career-high 30 points, including 7 made three-pointers on 77.8 percent shooting from behind the arc. Hart’s seven made three-pointers was one shy of the Lakers’ all-time rookie records for threes in a single game.

However, despite not getting his name in the Lakers’ record books, Hart put himself alongside good company on Wednesday. With his fourth game with at least 20 points, Hart became one of our four rookies to record at least 20 points in four consecutive games.

The other names on that list include lottery picks Josh Jackson and Donovan Mitchell, and his teammate Kyle Kuzma. For those that need their memories refreshed, Hart was taken with the No. 30 pick.

The Lakers got the most production out of their backcourt they’ve seen in weeks, despite the fact that Kentavious Caldwell-Pope left the game early with that has been diagnosed as an AC joint sprain. The Lakers’ two-way players, Gary Payton II and Alex Caruso, combined for 40 points, 17 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals.

Andre Ingram didn’t light it up the way he did on Tuesday, only shooting 2-of-9 from the field, but he did end the night with a team-high +23 box plus-minus. At 32 years old, his future in the NBA is up in the air, but we’re hoping this isn’t the last we see of ‘Dre.

Thank you for tuning in this season. We hope you’ve enjoyed our coverage and encourage you to stick around for what promises to be an eventful offseason.

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