Joel Embiid, James Harden lead the Sixers to a 126-121 win in Los Angeles
Joel Embiid and James Harden returned to the court in Los Angeles last night to lead the Philadelphia 76ers past the Lakers, 126-121.
The Sixers improved to 45-27 on the season and currently sit in second place in the Eastern Conference standings, 1.5 games behind the East-leading Miami Heat. The Bucks (3rd) and Celtics (4th) are also sitting 1.5 games behind the Heat with just 10 games remaining in the regular season.
Joel Embiid and James Harden
Embiid scored 30 points with 10 rebounds, three blocks, and three steals. Harden finished the night with 24 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists.
Both Tyrese Maxey (21) and Tobias Harris (20) also scored over 20 points in the game to help boost the Sixers over a Lakers team that was missing LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
The Sixers shot nearly 52% from the floor but only converted 37% (10-for-27) from beyond the arc. They were 22-for-28 from the foul line.
Harden got off to a slow start but finished the night with 24 points on 7-of-18 shooting. He was 9-10 from the foul line and scored 16 points in the third quarter, adding seven rebounds, seven assists, and one steal in 37 minutes on the night.
Maxey played a game-high 38 minutes, scoring 21 points on 8-for-14 shooting from the floor. He was 3-for-5 from beyond the arc and added five rebounds, seven assists, and one steal to his totals on the night. Yet again, Maxey was huge in the fourth quarter scoring five straight points to extend the 76ers lead to 114-105 late in the game.
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Harris was decisive last night and like usual when making quick decisions, he found success on the court, finishing with a game-high +20 rating in 36 minutes totaling 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the floor. Harris was 2-for-5 from three point range, with seven rebounds and five assists.
Georges Niang and DeAndre Jordan were both solid contributors off the bench last night for the Sixers. Niang and Jordan both notched 14 minutes of action and each scored nine points. Niang hit 3-of-4 shots from beyond the arc and Jordan was efficient on the glass, pulling in seven rebounds.
Philly owns LA
The Sixers beat the Lakers twice this year, sweeping the regular season series after sweeping the series against the Lakers during the 2021 regular season as well.
The Philadelphia 76ers will remain in Los Angeles to face the Clippers tomorrow night for the second game of their current three game road trip.
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