The Philadelphia 76ers were hoping they could make a good team better with the moves they made at the trade deadline. So far, it appears like it is safe to say, ‘mission accomplished.’
Philadelphia’s top acquisition was Tobias Harris who contributed 14 points in his first game with the 76ers Friday night, a 117-100 win over the Nuggets. He chipped in a little more in his second game with the team Sunday afternoon, a home game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Joel Embiid led the team with 37 points and 14 rebounds while Harris chipped in 22 as the 76ers crushed the visiting Lakers, 143-120.
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“The East better watch out,” Lakers president Magic Johnson said after the game. “This is a stacked team.”
The two teams battled through a high-scoring first quarter that saw the Lakers take a 40-39 lead heading into the second—which was when things began to change. The game remained close for the majority of the quarter until the 76ers went on a 13-2 run to take a ten-point lead, 74-63 with 1:32 to play.
Philadelphia ended up taking a nine-point lead into the break, 76-67.
The momentum ended up carrying over to the second half. Los Angeles was able to narrow the gap several times in the third but never close out. Going into the fourth, the 76ers were up by 15 points, 109-94.
The Lakers never threatened in the fourth allowing the 76ers to cruise to their 36th win.
Kyle Kuzma led the way for the Lakers with 39 points and three rebounds followed by JaVale McGee with 21 points and 13 rebounds. LeBron James was an assist short of a triple-double with 18 points, ten rebounds, and nine assists.
Along with Embiid‘s 37 and the 22 from Harris, the 76ers got good nights from J.J. Reddick and Jimmy Butler. Reddick had 21 points and Butler 15.
With the win, the 76ers improved to 36-20 on the season. They will have a couple of nights off before trying to make it 37 wins. They face the Boston Celtics at home Tuesday night.
The Lakers saw their record drop to .500, 28-28, with the loss. They will try to get back above .500 when they visit Atlanta to take on the Hawks Tuesday night.