With a boatload of games (16) on show last night, the battle between the Lakers-Sixers was the match that didn’t diminish. It ultimately came down to the wire with Tobias Harris knocking down a 12-foot jumper with 2.4 seconds remaining to lift the 76ers past the Lakers 107-106.
Before the ice-cold jumper from Harris, the match looked to be in Philadelphia’s hands. They had control for most of the night until the Lakers stormed home by pouring in 32 points for the last quarter. At one point, the Lakers were winning 106-105 with 11 seconds left in the game.
Joel Embiid led the Sixers with 28 points, Harris added 24, and Ben Simmons compiled his 31st career triple-double with 17 points, 11 rebounds, and ten assists. Danny Green also had 14 points as the Sixers improved to 10-1 at home. On the Lakers side, this game was the LeBron-AD show. Those two combined for over half of the Lakers’ points, scoring 57 for the night. But their reliable supporting cast was missing, and in the end, never showed up. Dennis Schroder and Alex Caruso were the only other Lakers in double figures, and the entire bench combined for just 22 points.
I recently wrote about how this new, transformed Philadelphia team looks to be all synced up and firing on all cylinders. But last night’s match could be a window in what is to come at the end of the season.
Catch you Monday.