It was almost a legendary comeback win for the Lakers — and a legendary blown lead for the 76ers.
Philadelphia had the game in hand, up 18 in the fourth quarter, and while Los Angeles staged the start of a comeback the 76ers were still up by nine inside :45 seconds. And yet…
After all that, I suppose the Lakers would take OT, even with the chance to win there.
They trailed by
– 7 with 28 seconds left…
– 10 with 1:38 left…
– 12 with 2:30 left…
– 16 with 4:05 left…
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) December 10, 2022
The end of regulation in Lakers vs. Sixers was WILD 😲 pic.twitter.com/3RhRWa0iq4
— NBA (@NBA) December 10, 2022
The 76ers took care of business in overtime — aided by the Lakers settling too much and going 0-of-5 outside the paint but also 1-of-5 in the paint in the extra frame — and picked up the 133-122 win.
In a battle of two teams that have been inconsistent all season, they lived up to that billing – both teams had huge lapses and stretches of impressive play. It led to streaks, including the wild final minutes.
Joel Embiid started out hot scoring 13 of the Sixers’ first 15 points and finishing the night with 38 points on 14-for-19 shooting and 12 rebounds.
JOEL EMBIID OVER THE LAKERS 😤 pic.twitter.com/aijibejYYJ
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) December 10, 2022
James Harden looked better than his first game back and finished with 28 points and 12 assists.
However, Philly’s breakout star of the night was DeAnthony Melton, who grew up a Clippers fan and said he wanted to take it to the Lakers — he scored 33 points with eight made 3-pointers.
Anthony Davis finished with 31 points and 12 rebounds for the night. Austin Reaves came off the bench and hit 4-of-6 from 3 on his way to 25 points, while LeBron James had 23 points on 9-of-22 shooting.