New-look Philadel­phia leaves im­pact on vis­i­tors

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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 vis­it­ing Los An­ge­les Lak­ers, 143-120, on Sun­day.

JJ Redick added 21 points for the 76ers, 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 Philadel­phia 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 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.

“I thought they were go­ing to be very good any­way be­fore they made any moves, be­fore the sea­son even started,” James said of the 76ers. “And they’ve made a bunch of moves to im­prove their club.”

MAV­ER­ICKS 102, TRAIL BLAZ­ERS 101: Luka Don­cic scored 13 of his 28 points in the fourth quar­ter, Tim Har­d­away Jr. fin­ished with 24, and host Dal­las erased a 15-point deficit in the fi­nal 10 min­utes to beat play­of­f­con­tend­ing Port­land.

Damian Lil­lard scored 21 of his 30 points in the last half of the third quar­ter to help the Trail Blaz­ers build a lead that grew to 96-81 early in the fourth be­fore the Mav­er­icks ral­lied to hand Port­land its first loss in 34 games when lead­ing af­ter three quar­ters this sea­son.

Lil­lard made eight straight shots and in one stretch scored 16 straight Port­land points in the third, but the all-star guard missed his last four at­tempts as the Blaz­ers went 10:10 with­out a field goal in a nine-point fourth quar­ter.

WAR­RIORS 120, HEAT 118: Kevin Du­rant scored 39 points, DeMar­cus Cousins made two free throws with 5.4 sec­onds to play, and Golden State came back from a 19-point deficit in the first quar­ter to beat Miami in Oak­land, Calif.

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.

Josh Richard­son scored a ca­reer-high 37 points for the Heat with help from eight threes.

MAGIC 124, HAWKS 108: All-star Nikola Vuce­vic scored 19 points and grabbed 12 re­bounds, lead­ing Or­lando to a road win.

De­spite get­ting into At­lanta around 2:40 a.m. af­ter a 20-point vic­tory at East-lead­ing Mil­wau­kee the pre­vi­ous night, the Magic looked like the fresher team by far in record­ing its third straight vic­tory, match­ing its best run of the sea­son.

The last time the Magic pulled off road wins on con­sec­u­tive nights was April 3-4, 2015.

KINGS 117, SUNS 104: Marvin Ba­gley III had an­other strong game off the bench with a ca­reer­high 32 points and six re­bounds, and host Sacra­mento beat Phoenix to hand the Suns their 14th straight loss.

The Kings have won five of six to pull within a half-game of the idle Los An­ge­les Clip­pers for the fi­nal play­off spot in the West.

Matthews to Pac­ers is of­fi­cial

Free agent guard Wes­ley Matthews has of­fi­cially signed with the In­di­ana Pac­ers.

The move was first re­ported fol­low­ing Thurs­day’s trade dead­line, but the Pac­ers couldn’t an­nounce it un­til Sun­day. Matthews was waived by the New York Knicks af­ter a deal that sent Kristaps Porzingis to Dal­las and cleared waivers Satur­day.

Terms of the deal were not an­nounced.

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