76ERS LOOK LIKE REAL DEAL

Dal­las wins af­ter be­ing down 15 in fourth quar­ter to Portland

Albuquerque Journal - - SPORTS -

Philadel­phia posts sec­ond straight win since ac­quir­ing To­bias Har­ris, a 143-120 vic­tory over the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers.

PHILADEL­PHIA — Magic John­son and LeBron James have cap­tured eight NBA ti­tles be­tween them. With John­son in the stands and James on the court, the Philadel­phia 76ers showed off their own cham­pi­onship po­ten­tial.

Joel Em­biid had 37 points and 14 re­bounds, To­bias Har­ris scored 22 points in his sec­ond game with Philadel­phia, and the new-look 76ers beat James and the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers 143-120 on Sun­day.

JJ Redick added 21 points for the Six­ers, who have won two straight af­ter ac­quir­ing Har­ris and four oth­ers at Thurs­day’s trade dead­line. Jimmy Butler fin­ished with 15 points in front of a packed Philly crowd that brought a play­off-like feel to the na­tion­ally tele­vised game.

Kyle Kuzma led the Lak­ers with 39 points while James had 18 points, 10 re­bounds and nine as­sists.

Fresh off a buzzer-beat­ing win at Bos­ton, the Lak­ers shot nearly 60 per­cent and scored 40 points in the first quar­ter. But fu­eled by Redick’s four-point play, the Six­ers closed the first half on a 19-6 run to take a 76-67 lead into half­time.

Em­biid, who was ques­tion­able to play be­cause of gas­troen­teri­tis, led the charge with 25 points in the first half af­ter light­ing up the Lak­ers for 28 in the teams’ first matchup.

WAR­RIORS 120, HEAT 118: In Oak­land, Calif., Kevin Du­rant scored 39 points and DeMar­cus Cousins made two free throws with 5.4 sec­onds to play that helped Golden State come back from a 19-point deficit to beat Mi­ami.

Cousins re­bounded a missed 3-pointer by Du­rant and drew a foul, set­ting the stage for his win­ning free throws that gave the War­riors their 11th dou­bledigit come­back of the sea­son, and sec­ond straight af­ter ral­ly­ing from 17 points down Fri­day in Phoenix.

Mi­ami over­came an eight­point deficit in the fourth quar­ter to tie the game on a 3-pointer by Jus­tise Winslow. Josh Richard­son and Dwyane Wade then had back-to-back steals and layups to put the Heat up 118-115 with 51.5 sec­onds to play.

Du­rant then tied it with a 3-pointer and Cousins made his big shots af­ter both teams missed from long range to give the War­riors their 15th win in 16 games.

MAV­ER­ICKS 102, TRAIL

BLAZ­ERS 101: In Dal­las, Luka Don­cic scored 13 of his 28 points in the fourth quar­ter, Tim Har­d­away Jr. fin­ished with 24 and the Mav­er­icks erased a 15-point deficit in the fi­nal 10 min­utes in a vic­tory over play­off-con­tend­ing Portland.

Damian Lil­lard scored 21 of his 30 points in the last half of the third quar­ter to help the Blaz­ers build a lead that grew to 96-81 early in the fourth.

Lil­lard made eight straight shots and in one stretch scored 16 straight Portland points in the third, but the All-Star guard missed his last four at­tempts as the Blaz­ers went 10:10 with­out a field goal in a nine-point fourth quar­ter.

KINGS 117, SUNS 104: In Sacra­mento, Marvin Ba­gley III had an­other strong game off the bench with a ca­reer­high 32 points, as Sacra­mento handed Phoenix its 14th straight loss.

The Kings inched closer to end­ing the long­est cur­rent play­off drought in the NBA. Sacra­mento, which last made the post­sea­son in 2005-06, pulled within a half-game of the L.A. Clip­pers for the fi­nal play­off spot in the West.

MAGIC 124, HAWKS 108: In At­lanta, Nikola Vuce­vic, who will be mak­ing his first All-Star Game ap­pear­ance next week­end in Char­lotte, scored 19 points and grabbed 12 re­bounds to lead Or­lando.

De­spite getting into At­lanta around 2:40 a.m. af­ter a 20-point vic­tory at East-lead­ing Mil­wau­kee the pre­vi­ous night, Or­lando looked like the fresher team. The last time the Magic pulled off road wins on con­sec­u­tive nights was April 3-4, 2014.

CHRIS SZAGOLA/AP

To­bias Har­ris of the 76ers shoots, with Kyle Kuzma of the Lak­ers de­fend­ing in the sec­ond half. Philadel­phia ripped Los An­ge­les.

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