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Anthony Davis, LeBron James lead 4th-quarter charge as the Lakers hold off Philadelphia 101-94



Anthony Davis, LeBron James lead 4th-quarter charge as the Lakers hold off Philadelphia 101-94
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anthony Davis had 23 factors and 19 rebounds, and D’Angelo Russell set the Lakers document for 3-pointers in a single season throughout Los Angeles’ 101-94 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday evening.

LeBron James had 20 factors, eight rebounds and 6 assists because the Lakers snapped a seven-game shedding streak of their matchups with the Sixers. Los Angeles hadn’t overwhelmed Philadelphia since March 3, 2020.

James scored 11 factors and Davis added 9 within the fourth quarter, utilizing their dimension and resilience to beat a gritty effort by Philadelphia. Neither workforce led by double digits all evening, and the Lakers dedicated 21 turnovers throughout their lowest scoring efficiency since Jan. 3.

“Ugly, however we received the job accomplished,” James mentioned. “We defended (effectively) within the second half. They solely had 18 (factors) within the fourth. That’s big-time when the offense was struggling prefer it was. … We turned the ball over manner an excessive amount of and gave up too straightforward baskets, however once we received within the half-court, we buckled down and made them take robust pictures.”

Russell surpassed the 3-pointers document set by Nick Van Exel through the 1994-95 season when he hit his 184th halfway by means of the primary quarter. Russell completed with 14 factors and 4 3-pointers for the Lakers, who held on for his or her seventh win in 11 video games after having three days off since beating Atlanta on Monday.

“It simply feels good to be a part of one in every of these kind of offers,” Russell mentioned. “This franchise is without doubt one of the most prestigious, so to have my identify be part of it, greater than grateful. Simply proceed to shatter it, if I can. Make it actually exhausting for the subsequent individual.”

Los Angeles appeared offensively rusty in its return, with poor capturing and Philly’s sometimes bodily protection combining to make it an extended night. Neither workforce led by greater than seven factors till James hit his first 3-pointer of the evening with 2:11 to play.

“I assumed we performed unbelievably exhausting (and) executed the sport plan,” Philadelphia coach Nick Nurse mentioned. “I simply thought we couldn’t get sufficient offense to hold in there. … So long as we play our guts out, I can dwell with it. I’m having a tough time residing with it proper now as a result of I assumed we performed so exhausting and executed so effectively.”

Tyrese Maxey scored 22 of his 27 factors within the second half for the Sixers, who’ve misplaced seven of 10 in MVP Joel Embiid’s prolonged absence. Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 19 factors and Tobias Harris had 16 factors and 13 rebounds in his return from a three-game absence with a sprained proper ankle. Philadelphia is now 0-2 on its four-game West Coast street journey.

“With Joel being out, it’s created alternatives for different guys,” Harris mentioned. “However within the grand scheme of issues, we additionally know that this group has to determine methods to generate that kind of offense. In tonight’s recreation, what damage us was not getting stops on the opposite finish, as a result of once we have been out in transition, that was a few of our greatest offense.”

Russell, who was drafted by the Lakers in 2015 and performed alongside Kobe Bryant as a rookie, returned to Los Angeles through commerce final season. He has been a prolific scorer from the perimeter throughout his second chapter with the Lakers, and he hit six 3-pointers Monday to tie Van Exel’s document.

Spencer Dinwiddie had 11 factors with three 3-pointers in his highest-scoring efficiency since becoming a member of his hometown Lakers.

Los Angeles swingman Taurean Prince missed the sport for private causes.


Lakers: Host Indiana on Sunday evening.

76ers: At LA Clippers on Sunday.



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