Joel Embiid and James Harden lead Sixers to a 113-112 win vs the Los Angeles Lakers
The Philadelphia 76ers won their second straight game on the road last night, this time beating the Los Angeles Lakers 113-112.
It was the second night of a back-to-back after Embiid hit a game winning shot against the Utah Jazz on Friday night but that did not slow down the Sixers in Los Angeles as they started their west coast trip 2-0.
Georges Niang Denies Russell Westbrook to Seal the Win
Any 76ers win is a good night, but the win is just a little sweeter anytime the Sixers beat LeBron James and Russell Westbrook. The game came down to the wire, but in the end, defense prevailed for a Sixers team that has played fantastic defense over the last month.
JOEL EMBIID: 35 PTS | 11 REB | 4 AST
Embiid scored 35 points and hauled in 11 rebounds to lead the Sixers, as Harden dropped 24 points with 13 assists and seven rebounds. Harden now has six straight games with at least 10 points and 10 assists. That’s the longest streak ever by a Sixers player. Harden is now tied with Tyrese Halliburton for the longest 10 and 10 streak in the NBA this season.
LeBron James had 35 points himself, along with eight rebounds and ten assists. Russell Westbrook provided 20 off the bench, while Troy Brown Jr. had 13, the second-highest scoring starter for the Lakers.
Tobias Harris returned from a one-game absence and scored 15 points while playing stout defense, blocking three shots.
Tyrese Maxey, coming in off the bench last night, scored 16 points while Georges Niang added eight points, hitting a clutch three late in the game to give the Sixers a two point lead with just 1:28 left on the clock.
Up Next for the Sixers
The 76ers, winners of 15 of their last 19 games, now sit at 27-16 on the season and trail the Brooklyn Nets by just half a game for the 2-seed in the Eastern Conference. They leapfrogged the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Standings, now in fourth place, 4.5 games out of first place. No team has won more games than the Sixers over the last 20 games other than the Celtics, who currently sit atop the East with a 32-12 record.
They’ll continue their road trip tomorrow night in Los Angeles again, this time against the Clippers.