Embiid, new-look Sixers lead balanced attack to top Lakers
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.
MAVERICKS 102, TRAIL BLAZERS 101
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.
WARRIORS 120, HEAT 118
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.