Six­ers rout Lak­ers

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - SPORTS - By DAVE ZEITLIN

PHILADEL­PHIA — Joel Em­biid had 37 points and 14 re­bounds, To­bias Har­ris scored 22 points in his sec­ond game with Philadel­phia, and the newlook 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 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 buzzer-beat­ing win in Bos­ton, the Lak­ers shot nearly 60 per­cent and scored 40 points in the first quar­ter. But fu­eled by Redick’s four­point 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 10994 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.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Philadel­phia’s Ben Sim­mons, left, tries to reach around the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers’ LeBron James, right, for the ball dur­ing the first half of Sun­day’s game in Philadel­phia. The 76ers won 143-120.

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