Joel Embiid, Sixers Hold Off LeBron-Les Lakers, 126-121 – Greeley Tribune

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joel Embiid had 30 points and 10 rebounds, James Harden added 24 points and the Philadelphia 76ers hung on for a 126-121 win over the Los Angeles Lakers without LeBron James on Wednesday night.

The Sixers surprisingly defeated Eastern Conference-leading Miami despite playing without Embiid and Harden, with both Stars coming back for a harder-than-expected victory over the up-and-down Lakers. Tyrese Maxi scored 21 points for Philadelphia, which has won five out of seven points overall.

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“The guys played well,” Harden said. “Obviously, we wanted to play a lot better, especially defensively. But we will win, and we have to continue to do well in these last games before the playoffs. ,

James sat outside to rest his knees while nailing a potential showdown between the NBA’s leading scorer and Embiid, who was a fraction of a point behind him.

Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers saw his team’s second-half game behind their stars as an encouraging sign for the teamwork-building process between Embiid and newcomer Harden before the playoffs.

“Big picture, it’s going great, because they want to do it,” Rivers said. “As far as doing it well, they’re up and down. If you have two guys who want to fix it, they’ll fix it. It’s hard because it’s going to be 22 games left.” being done with.”

Dwight Howard scored a season-high 24 points and Malik Monk scored 23 points for Los Angeles in a spirited effort from the supporting cast, but the Lakers lost for the 11th time in 15 games and fell 11 games down to .500 (31–42). ).

“Our goal is the championship, and it still is,” said Stanley Johnson, who scored 13 points. “We’re trying to work things out so that when we’re ready for the play-in game and the playoffs, we’re playing our best basketball. There’s no win for us tonight, but the effort is something that’s going to happen.” We can continue, and we can use it later.

The ninth-place Lakers are still in the extended playoff picture, but they are now guaranteed to finish with their seventh losing record in nine years. After relocating from Minneapolis to Los Angeles in 1960, he has had the same number of losing seasons in the past 53 years.

“We are making progress,” said Lakers coach Frank Vogel. “We’re building habits that are going to win for us in the postseason, and we’re going to keep growing. We’re disappointed that we lost, but without Brawn, without Eddie, the group that played, everyone played.” Showed that we still have a lot of battles left to do.”

Philadelphia led 14 in the second half, but the Lakers advanced to the fourth quarter within 93–91. Los Angeles focused their defense on Embiid, but Maxi and Tobias Harris fired big shots down the stretch as Philly hung up.

Russell Westbrook finished with 24 points, and got a layup with a steal and 32 seconds, which reduced Philadelphia’s lead to four points before the Sixers hit their free throw into the ice. Harris scored nine of his 20 points in the fourth quarter.

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Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points for LA.

Tip-ins

76ers: His return to face the Lakers had nine points and seven rebounds from DeAndre Jordan, who forgave the veteran center three weeks ago after a powerful clash in LA. … Philly’s road trip continues against the Clippers and ends in a showdown with the NBA-leading Phoenix Suns on Sunday.

Lakers: Talen Horton-Tucker sits out for the third time in four games with a sprained left ankle. … In James’ absence, Johnson became part of the Lakers’ 35th starting lineup of the season, the franchise’s highest since the 2013–14 season. … Super Bowl MVP Cooper Kupp watches the game with his wife Anna in front of the court. Kupp is the latest Rams star to hold the Lakers since his championship season ended – but unlike Aaron Donald and Matthew Stafford, the Lakers did not win for Kupp. … Westbrook surpassed Lakers great Elgin Baylor for 32nd place on the NBA’s career scoring list.

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James played in the Lakers’ last eight games while trying to take Los Angeles to the playoffs, averaging 33.1 points, 8.9 rebounds and 7.0 assists, despite persistent pain in his knee. During that period, James also became the second leading scorer in NBA history.

And while Vogel said James didn’t sit out strategically, the decision gives him five consecutive days off before Sunday, when the ninth-placed Lakers played an unreasonably big game for the Lakers’ playoff hopes at the New Orleans Pelicans. go in.

James was honored with a tribute video after the first quarter to pass Karl Malone on the NBA’s career scoring list. James, watching from the bench in street clothes, accepted the ovation with a wave.

next

76ers: Friday at the Clippers.

Lakers: Sunday at the Pelicans.

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