Here is all you really need to know about tonight's game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers: during crunch time, Lou Williams made three of his last four shots from the floor and sank two free throws, while Kobe Bryant missed four of his last five shots from the floor. End of story, end of game.
Bryant was on fire in the first half and scored 24 points. The Lakers out-rebounded the Sixers 55-30. Andrew Bynum dominated the paint with 20 rebounds, 20 points and three blocked shots. In one sequence in the middle of the fourth quarter, Bynum took control of the game. He slammed home a rebound on one end of the court. And then on consecutive trips to the other end, he snagged a rebound and blocked a shot. At that point it was starting to look like a repeat of the Heat game, with the Sixers getting killed up front.
But then Sweet Lou, who never saw a shot he didn't like, took over. First he tied it at 88 on a pass from Spencer Hawes. Next he drilled a three with about two minutes left to give the Sixers the lead. A short jumper from the baseline gave the Sixers a five point lead. Two free throws with 10 seconds left iced the victory.
The Night Crew was one point short of their traditional 50 points in winning games tonight.
Next up are the Clippers and Spurs. If the Sixers can win those two, that would make four in a row against teams with winning records. If that happens, perhaps that will stop the "Who Have They Played?" question, at least for a little while anyway.
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