Em­biid leads 76ers over James’ Lak­ers

The Columbus Dispatch - - Sports -

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 in Philadel­phia.

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.

“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 buzzer­beat­ing 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 Ben Sim­mons rises for a shot and is fouled by Los An­ge­les’ Le­bron James dur­ing Sun­day’s game.

Philadel­phia’s lead bal­looned to 109-94 at the end of the third quar­ter af­ter T.J. Mccon­nell’s 3-pointer in the clos­ing sec­onds. The Six­ers ran away with the game from there while glee­ful fans chanted “Kobe’s bet­ter” at James.

WAR­RIORS 120, HEAT 118: 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 3-pointer by Du­rant and drew a foul. Klay Thomp­son scored 29

points and Stephen Curry added 25 for Golden State. Josh Richard­son helped shoot Mi­ami to the big early lead and fin­ished with a ca­reer-high 37 points with help from eight 3-point­ers. MAV­ER­ICKS 102, TRAIL BLAZERS 101: Luka Don­cic scored 28 points, Tim Har­d­away Jr. had 24 and Dal­las erased a 15-point deficit in the fourth quar­ter to beat Port­land. Don­cic also had nine re­bounds and six as­sists. 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.

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