News ID: 238720
Published: 0320 GMT February 11, 2019

Embiid powers Sixers past LeBron-led Lakers

Embiid powers Sixers past LeBron-led Lakers
Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid (2nd R) makes a gesture after a slam dunk against the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA game at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA, the US, on February 10, 2019.

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.

JJ Redick added 21 points for the Sixers, who have won two straight after acquiring Harris and four others at Thursday’s trade deadline, The Associated Press reported.

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 January 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 four-point 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 109-94 at the end of the third quarter after T.J. McConnell’s three-pointer in the closing seconds. The Sixers ran away with the game from there while gleeful fans chanted “Kobe’s better” at James.


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