New-look Philadelphia leaves impact on visitors
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.