The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers, 111-98, in a game that featured two injury-riddled squads trying to piece together their rotations.
The Sixers may have had slightly better luck patching their lineup holes than the Lakers did, as Nick Young outscored Devin Ebanks 30-0 in the "new starter" category. But L.A. got plenty of scoring from hometown kid Kobe Bryant and a balanced bench effort to easily knock off the struggling Sixers.
The Lakers rode hot shooting from three-point land and showed plenty of aggression on defense against a Philly squad that thrust its point guard duties on Evan Turner in place of an injured Jrue Holiday. The Lakers' defensive intensity forced a normally disciplined Sixers team into 17 turnovers.
Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 34 points, while Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes supported Nick Young's team-high 30 with 16 points apiece.
On the night, Philly shot a higher percentage than the Lakers from the field, but their poor ball control, inability to match up on the boards and failure to limit open three-point looks were too much to overcome.
The win makes it two in a row for the Lakers, who move to 11-14 on the season. Philadelphia drops to 12-12 following the defeat.
Are the Lakers starting to right the ship? Are the Sixers going to be able to hang around the .500 mark as the injuries mount? Let's get the analysis and discussion started by checking out Sunday night's game grades.