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