Em­biid, new-look Six­ers lead bal­anced at­tack to top Lak­ers

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NBA 76ERS 143, LAK­ERS 120

PHILADEL­PHIA — 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 LeBron James and the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers 143-120 on Sun­day.

JJ Redick added 21 points for the Six­ers, who have won two con­sec­u­tive 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.

“The East bet­ter watch out,” Lak­ers pres­i­dent Magic John­son said. “This is a stacked team.”

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

James was fac­ing Philadel­phia for the first time since the Six­ers made a big push to sign the su­per­star as a free agent last sum­mer. He and Kuzma both missed the last matchup with Philly on Jan. 29, which the Six­ers won 121-105.

Fresh off a buzzer-beat­ing win in 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.

Philadel­phia’s lead bal­looned to 109-94 at the end of the third quar­ter af­ter T.J. McCon­nell’s three-pointer in the closing sec­onds. The Six­ers ran away with the game from there while glee­ful fans chanted “Kobe’s bet­ter” at James.

“We had too many break­downs,” James said. “Way too many break­downs.”

The Six­ers scored at least 33 points in each quar­ter — the first time the team has done so since 1986. Philly fin­ished with 33 as­sists and seven turnovers.


DAL­LAS — Luka Don­cic scored 28 points, Tim Har­d­away Jr. had 24 and Dal­las erased a 15-point deficit in the fourth quar­ter to beat 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 be­fore the Mav­er­icks mounted their rally.

Do­rian Fin­ney-Smith started the come­back by tip­ping in his own miss, and Don­cic’s as­sist on Dwight Pow­ell’s al­ley-oop dunk kicked the re­cov­ery into an­other gear by getting Dal­las within six.

Don­cic had nine re­bounds and six as­sists.

KINGS 117, SUNS 104

SACRA­MENTO, Calif. — Marvin Ba­gley III had a ca­reer-high 32 points and six re­bounds and Sacra­mento handed Phoenix its 14th con­sec­u­tive loss.

Buddy Hield scored 18 points, De’Aaron Fox had 17 points and 9 as­sists, and Ne­manja Bjel­ica added 10 points and 8 re­bounds to help Sacra­mento win for the fifth time in six games.

Devin Booker had 27 points, 8 re­bounds and 6 as­sists in his re­turn from in­jury for Phoenix. The Suns’ los­ing streak is one shy of the fran­chise record set last sea­son.

MAGIC 124, HAWKS 108

AT­LANTA — All-Star Nikola Vuce­vic scored 19 points and grabbed 12 re­bounds, lead­ing Or­lando to a vic­tory over At­lanta.

Or­lando looked like the fresher team by far in record­ing its third con­sec­u­tive vic­tory, match­ing its best run of the sea­son.

The Magic be­gan to pull away late in the first half, rip­ping off an 11-2 run that sent the road team to the locker room with a 63-48 lead — its big­gest of the game to that point. D.J. Au­gustin fin­ished off the spurt, rac­ing the length of the court af­ter a cou­ple of At­lanta free throws to lay one in with 1.2 sec­onds left.


OAK­LAND, Calif. — Kevin Du­rant scored 39 points and DeMar­cus Cousins made two free throws with 5.4 sec­onds to play that helped Golden State cap a come­back from a 19-point deficit in the first quar­ter to beat Mi­ami.

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

Mi­ami over­came an eight-point deficit in the fourth quar­ter to tie the game on a three-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 three-pointer and Cousins made his big shots af­ter both teams missed from long range to give the War­riors their 15th vic­tory in 16 games.


Bran­don In­gram (cen­ter) of the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers goes up for a shot against Joel Em­biid (left) and Jimmy Butler of the Philadel­phia 76ers dur­ing the first half Sun­day in Philadel­phia. The 76ers won 143-120.

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