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FSM Essential Recap: Lakers vs 76ers- Game 25

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Los Angeles Lakers (10-15) | Philadelphia 76ers (13-12)

 

The Lake Show fought hard in this one and forced overtime but somehow lost all of their momentum as they fell to the Philadelphia 76ers 133-122

 

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Lakers forward Juan Toscano-Anderson will be re-evaluated in two weeks for a right ankle sprain suffered at Toronto. Wenyen Gabriel was still out with a left shoulder sprain. Patrick Beverley wasn’t listed on the report signifying his return from his right knee soreness.

LeBron James, who missed one game to rest his left ankle, returned to the lineup against the Philadelphia 76ers. Anthony Davis returned as well after being out with a cold.

Darvin Ham told reporters to expect the same starting lineup for a bit, with Dennis Schröder, Lonnie Walker IV, Beverley, James, and Davis, with Russell Westbrook subbing in on the early side.

James Harden tried to get it going early but got blocked by Beverley and Davis. However, Joel Embiid was there to get the board and foul. Davis then picked up his second personal foul at the 8:22 mark of the first. Ham left him in, but with Embiid getting every foul call to go his way so far, it wasn’t looking good.

It was a low-scoring game early, but the Lakers’ defense was solid as James drew an offensive foul on James Harden. Contrary to what was just noted, Davis, an early defensive player of the year candidate, somehow gave up an open three to Embiid

Davis then picked up his third personal foul with 4:51 left in the first quarter, which was a massive problem for the Lakers. They still led 12-11, but after back-to-back buckets for the 76ers, Embiid had 13 of Philadelphia’s 15 points.

Without Davis on the floor, it left the paint vulnerable, and the Sixers took advantage by securing a five-point lead. James wasn’t exactly helping either, as he was 0 for six from the field and 0 for three from three. After a Tobias Harris three, it was a 16-0 run for the Sixers. This was the exact predicament that the Lake Show found themselves in during their last game against Toronto.

Thomas Bryant was doing his best, but he’s not Davis, and he was postered by Embiid. Bryant answered with a three, as he must’ve heard Richard Jefferson call him a “baby.” But of course, Embiid had the last laugh as he ended the quarter with a step back three over Bryant.

At the end of the first quarter, the score read 76ers 31, Lakers 20. It was a rough start for Davis, who picked up three fouls in seven minutes. James had just five measly points on a horrible 2-9 from the field. All the while, Embiid matched the Lakers’ point total with 20.

With Embiid getting a rest early in the second, the Lake Show went on a 14-0 run, which was sparked by Westbrook and Austin Reaves making plays and getting buckets to take the lead at 34-33.

Embiid promptly subbed back into the game and hit a three to retake the lead. The man was locked in. James responded with a turnaround fadeaway jumper. After starting 0 for 6, he was 4 for five from the field. We also have to give Reaves some credit for being brave as he drew an offensive foul on Embiid, which was his second foul so far. You have to love this guy.

The Westbrook and Davis connection went on display as they connected for a lob and finish play which should’ve drawn the and-1 foul as Davis fell to the floor, but who knows where the refs were looking in this one.

After Schroder made a pull-up over Embiid and a Beverley spot-up, three went in, and the Lake Show had made 12 shots in a row. But the Sixers also made four straight threes to stay in it.

Walker IV broke the streak with a missed three, but Westbrook kept the play alive with an offensive board, which led to the king coming out of nowhere to throw down a tomahawk slam.

Somehow this game suddenly became high scoring, with defense seeming optional and referees blind. Harden pushed off Schroder, hit the three, and the flop. There was no call on the push, and the whistle blew on the flop, with the foul on Schroder.

 

At halftime, the Lake Show trailed at 61-59. It was an impressive bounce back from the Lakers in the second quarter, led by Reaves with 15 points. 

 

Lakers vs 76ers
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The Lakers outscored the Sixers 39-30 in the second quarter behind their elite shot-making, but their defense slipped in the process, especially with Davis trying to avoid his fourth personal foul.

To begin the second half, Davis went straight at Embiid, absorbed the contact, and scored with no foul called as expected. James came right back down, and he got the foul call as he cut to the basket for a one-arm flush. However, of course, he missed the free throw because it was that kind of weird night.

Davis got called for his fourth foul, another extremely questionable call. You could see the smirk on Embiid’s face as Davis headed to the bench forcing James to play center and guard Embiid.

Somehow, Schroder fell asleep and allowed De’Anthony Melton to make his fifth three of the game. Jefferson was talking about adjusting, but if someone is hot from three, it should be common sense not to leave them open. The Lake Show defense continued to falter as they allowed Melton to make yet another wide-open three.

After Matisse Thybulle hit a three, it was an 11-0 Sixers run. To end the drought, Reaves drove inside and kicked out to a cutting Davis for the two-handed dunk. However, Davis seemed to have injured his left wrist, which affected him as he turned the ball over to end the quarter.

James allowed Harden to walk down the court and pull up from three. He’s the king, but you’ve got to at least get a hand up to contest, as the Lakers were now down 102-84.

The Lake Show went on an 11-4 run of their own, highlighting a defensive play where Davis drew an offensive foul on Embiid. But Melton had a five-point swing by himself to keep the Sixers ahead with a 16-point lead.

With his third field goal of the game, Westbrook became the second player in Lakers franchise history to record a triple-double off the bench, joining Magic Johnson when he did it back in February of 1996 vs. Atlanta, via Lakers PR.

To keep things interesting, James got the steal and went coast to coast in transition to score the and-1 bucket. The Lake Show was down five with 1:02 remaining in the game. After watching the Los Angeles Rams complete a comeback, there was hope that the Lakers could pull it off too.

However, Melton made another open three which was almost the nail in the coffin for this one. It’s understandable to double Embiid, but not when you leave a guy alone who’s been shooting lights out all game.

After Davis’ free throws, the Sixers turned the ball over on the press break, and it led to a three for Reaves, and he buried it to cut the lead to two. With 10.5 seconds left, Melton was sent to the line and missed the first but made the second.

Coming out of the timeout, it was absolute chaos that transpired next. Ham ran a play for Reaves, who got a clean look for three but was fouled in the act of shooting. With a chance to tie the game, Reaves made the first two free throws, but he missed the final to tie the game, with the ball falling out of bounds.

The Sixers tried to get the inbound to Embiid, but he lost control of it, leading to Davis getting his shot at some free throws to take the lead potentially. Both fortunately and unfortunately, he made the first and missed the second to force overtime.

In overtime, the Sixers bounced back from the chaos with a 7-0 run. Melton nearly had another opportunity for the dagger, but it was deemed a shot-clock violation. Davis was ripped on the defensive rebound, and James made no effort to secure the ball, leading to another score for Philly. There was no fight from the Lake Show in overtime, as they were outscored 13-2. The final score read 76ers 133, Lakers 122. They dropped to 10-15 and 2-3 on the road trip. 

 

Key Takeaways

 

Lakers vs 76ers
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Davis had 31 points on 9-13 from the field, 12 rebounds, two steals, and two blocks. Reaves had 25 points on 4-6 from three, five assists, and two steals off the bench. James had 23 points on a terrible 1-8 from three, just four rebounds, six assists, and two steals. Yes, Westbrook finished with a triple-double (12 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, and four steals), but he was also 4-14 from the field, 1-5 from three, and had four turnovers.

Last season in Philly, Davis dominated Embiid. But not this time, Embiid finished with 38 points, 12 rebounds, and five assists, but he did have seven turnovers. Harden put up 28 points and 12 assists but had five turnovers. Melton, out of nowhere, had a career night with 33 points on 8-12 from three, along with seven steals. 

Ham tried to salvage this burnout loss by saying, “We competed our behind off and didn’t quit,” which is a half-truth since those watching the overtime period would say otherwise. Ham gets a lengthy leash because it’s his first year as head coach, but this season is already getting old.

 

The Lakers will end their six-game road trip with a game in Detroit, Michigan, to take on the Detroit Pistons. They’ll face off Sunday, December 11th, at 3:00 p.m. PT at the Little Caesars Arena. The game will be available on NBA League Pass, Spectrum SportsNet, Bally Sports Indiana, and Bally Sports Detroit.

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