Em­biid, 76ers show met­tle in rout over James, Lak­ers

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - SPORTS -

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.

J.J. 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 scored 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,” said John­son, the Lak­ers pres­i­dent who made the trip to Philly for the game. “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 missed the last matchup with Philly on Jan. 29, which the Six­ers won 121-105.

At Oak­land, Calif., Kevin Du­rant scored 39 points for Golden State, which capped a come­back from a 19-point deficit when Demar­cus Cousins made two free throws with 5.4 sec­onds left. Klay Thomp­son had 29 points for the War­riors in their 11th dou­ble-digit come­back of the sea­son. Josh Richard­son hit eight 3-point­ers and to­taled a ca­reer-high 37 points for Mi­ami.

At Dal­las, Luka Don­cic had 28 points, nine re­bounds and six as­sists for Dal­las, which erased a 15-point fourth-quar­ter deficit. Damian Lil­lard scored 21 of his 30 points in the last half of the third quar­ter for Portland.

At Sacra­mento, Calif., rookie Marvin Ba­gley III scored a sea­son-best 32 points for Sacra­mento, which dealt Phoenix its 14th straight loss. Devin Booker had 27 points, eight re­bounds and six as­sists for the Suns.

At At­lanta, Nikola Vuce­vic had 19 points and 12 re­bounds to lead seven scor­ers in dou­ble fig­ures for Or­lando, which ar­rived in At­lanta at 2:40 a.m. af­ter its 20-point win at East-lead­ing Mil­wau­kee on Satur­day.

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