LOS ANGELES — — LeBron James turned the second participant in NBA historical past to attain 38,000 profession factors, however Joel Embiid had 35 factors and 11 rebounds whereas the Philadelphia 76ers held off the Los Angeles Lakers 113-112 Sunday evening for his or her seventh win in 9 video games.
Russell Westbrook didn’t get off a clear shot or a go within the remaining second beneath protection from Embiid, permitting the 76ers to carry on for his or her fourth straight highway win. Westbrook claimed he was fouled by Embiid, who disagreed.
James put up 35 factors, 10 assists and eight rebounds for the depleted Lakers, who’ve misplaced three straight after a 5-recreation profitable streak. James surpassed 38,000 factors with a jumper that was a part of his 8-for-9 begin with 16 factors within the first quarter.
“It’s simply irritating to get into these positions and never be capable of come out with the victory,” James stated. “We acquired the cease, gave ourselves an opportunity to win, and did not execute. … We’re taking part in good basketball. We’re simply not profitable video games.”
James Harden added 24 factors and 13 assists for Philadelphia, which swept the season collection and beat Los Angeles for the sixth straight time.
“Wasn’t certainly one of our higher video games, particularly defensively,” 76ers coach Doc Rivers stated. “We had no tempo. We had been drained. As a coach, you are saying, ‘Let’s simply get to the fourth quarter and see if we are able to win it.'”
Georges Niang hit a 3-pointer on an help from Embiid with 1:28 left to place Philadelphia up 111-109. A prolonged video assessment then overruled a name and resulted in a turnover for James earlier than Embiid drained a 14-foot jumper with 45 seconds left.
Troy Brown Jr. hit a nook 3-pointer to trim Philly’s result in one level, and Embiid missed a jumper with Westbrook in his face.
The Lakers did not name timeout as Westbrook drove to the ring with an opportunity to win it. He could not get off a shot or a go, with an obvious crosscourt go try deflecting off Niang’s fingers earlier than time ran out.
“(Embiid) was grabbing my wrist,” Westbrook stated. “I could not get my hand as much as shoot. … Couldn’t get the ball up. It’s irritating, however I do know the sport did not come right down to that one shot.”
Embiid disagreed with Westbrook’s declare in regards to the remaining possession.
“I do not assume I fouled him,” Embiid stated. “Physical play on either side. You might’ve known as a foul on the opposite finish, too. He was unfortunate as a result of he misplaced the ball. I’d say he was unfortunate.”
Westbrook had 20 factors, 14 rebounds and 11 assists, extending his NBA document together with his 198th profession triple-double. Westbrook has 4 triple-doubles off the bench this season, placing him previous Detlef Schrempf for the profession document for triple-doubles as a reserve.
James and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are the one members of the NBA’s 38,000-level membership, and James will go Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 factors) atop the profession scoring listing subsequent month if he stays on his present tempo. James did not wish to speak in regards to the milestone afterwards.
76ers: Rivers used Embiid and the mildly ailing Harden (left heel) and Tobias Harris (left knee) even on the second evening of a again-to-again that started in Utah. … De’Anthony Melton, the San Fernando Valley native and USC product, went scoreless in 21 minutes.
Lakers: Anthony Davis has now been out for a month, lacking his fifteenth straight recreation with a foot harm. … The Lakers used their twenty fourth completely different beginning lineup this season. … Patrick Beverley (sickness) missed his second straight recreation. Lonnie Walker (knee) and Austin Reaves (hamstring) are nonetheless out.
76ers: At Clippers on Tuesday evening.
Lakers: Host Houston on Monday evening.
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