The Philadelphia 76ers have turned things around since last season when they ended up with a 28-54 record. Now, they are sitting at the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference, hoping to stay around that area for the remainder of the season. The Los Angeles Lakers, on the other hand, are still trying to make adjustments as they are sitting at the tenth spot in the Western Conference with an 8-15 record.
Last night, the 76ers hosted the Los Angeles Lakers at the Wells Fargo Center as they hoped to avoid a second straight loss. The Lakers are currently in the midst of a sixth-game losing streak. These two teams have met up a total of 312 times with the Lakers pulling 164 wins with the 76ers winning 148 games. Last night’s matchup marked the second and final game between these two clubs as the 76ers handed the Lakers a 115-109 loss on November 15. During that game, Joel Embiid had 46 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists, and 7 blocks. Brandon Ingram finished with 26 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks.
Justin Anderson (shin; 5.0 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 37.5 FG%, 34.6 3P%)
Markelle Fultz (shoulder; 6.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.8 APG, 33.3 FG%)
Jahlil Okafor (personal; 5.0 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 44.4 FG%)
The game would go well for the Lakers in the first half as they shot forty-eight percent from the field while the 76ers ended up shooting forty-one percent. Brandon Ingram would score 13 points in the first half with one three-pointer late in the first quarter. He also had five rebounds and two assists to go along with it. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had ten points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field. Lonzo Ball chalked up six points to put with his five rebounds, five assists, three steals, and two blocks. Julius Randle played 16 minutes off of the bench as he had six points.
On the other end of the court, Joel Embiid scored 15 points while shooting sixty percent from the field. He would also record two blocks while Robert Covington had 11 points which included three 3-pointers. Ben Simmons ended up with six points, six defensive rebounds, and eight assists. T.J. McConnell would play the most minutes off of the bench but was kept scoreless as the Lakers went into halftime with a 57-49 lead.
The 76ers would make a comeback as they shot a high fifty-six percent from the field, keeping the Lakers at forty percent. Embiid continued to impress as he put up 18 more points with two three-pointers early in the fourth quarter. He collected five defensive rebounds while dishing off four assists and blocking three shots. Illinois-native Richaun Holmes played the most minutes off of the bench as he recorded eleven points. Simmons had six more points, along with six defensive rebounds, and seven assists.
Randle earned ten more points off of the bench while shooting fifty-seven percent from the field. Ingram had eight points which included a game-winning three-pointer as the Los Angeles Lakers pulled away with a 107-104 victory. Brandon Ingram finished the game with 21 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, and one block. Lonzo Ball had 10 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals, and 4 blocks. Joel Embiid would end up finishing with 33 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, one steal, and 5 blocks.
The Philadelphia 76ers will head to Ohio to take on LeBron James (28.2 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 8.6 APG, 59 FG%) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (18-7) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. This matchup will mark the second of four games that these two teams would play against each other this season. The Cavaliers and the 76ers have battled each other a total of 208 times with the Cavaliers winning 103 games while the 76ers won 105 games. The last time that they met up was on November 27 as the Cavaliers walked away with a 113-91 victory. LeBron James finished that game with 30 points, 14 rebounds, and 6 assists while Joel Embiid had 30 points and 11 rebounds.
The Los Angeles Lakers will go to North Carolina to visit Kemba Walker (22.7 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 6.2 APG, 44 FG%) and the Charlotte Hornets (9-14) on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. This game will mark the first of two matchups between these two teams this season. They have met up a total of 54 times with the Hornets winning 22 games while the Lakers ended up winning 32 games.