Philadelphia 76ers vs. L.A. Lakers: Live Score, Results and Game Highlights
The Philadelphia 76ers started the new year off right, improving to 15-17 on the season with a 103-99 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Jrue Holiday shined in his homecoming to Southern California, leading the Sixers with 26 points and 10 assists.
Evan Turner bounced back from a stretch of rotten games, posting a double-double that included 22 points, 13 rebounds and five assists.
As for the Lakers, Kobe Bryant was the only constant on the evening, as the Lower Merion High School product posted a game-high 36 points on 14-of-29 shooting.
A gloomy sign for Mike D'Antoni's bunch, Metta World Peace (13 points) outscored Steve Nash (12 points), Pau Gasol (11 points) and Dwight Howard (seven points) in 32 minutes off of the bench.
The x-factor for the Sixers on Tuesday night was Spencer Hawes, who contributed several timely buckets in the second half, finishing with 13 points, six assists and five rebounds in a big role off of the bench.
The Lakers fall to 15-16 on the season with the loss, and will be searching for answers after perhaps their ugliest performance of the season.
Keep it locked here on Bleacher Report throughout the evening for continuing coverage of the Sixers' big win over the Lakers.
PHI 103, LAL 99 - Final
Even without Andrew Bynum, the Sixers' frontcourt held things together nicely on Tuesday evening:
Gotta give credit where it's due: Frontcourt (Spence-Lavoy-Kwame) takes a lot of (deserved) flak, but they were tremendous tonight.— Liberty Ballers (@Philly76ersBlog) January 2, 2013
Lakers lose it 103-99 to the Sixers. Kobe had 36 points. Gasol & Howard a combined 3 of 19— Mark Medina (@MedinaLakersNBA) January 2, 2013
Final Box Scores, courtesy of NBA.com
PHI 103, LAL 99 - FINAL
The Sixers pull out a signature win exactly one week after defeating the Memphis Grizzlies in Memphis.
Jrue Holiday led the Sixers with 26 points and 10 dimes while Evan Turner played his best game in weeks, totaling 22 points, 13 rebounds and five assists.
Kobe Bryant was the only thing the Lakers had going for them all night long, and finished with 36 points and six rebounds.
Dwight Howard was a woeful 1-of-7 from the field, and finished with seven points, 14 rebounds and five blocks.
Steve Nash and Pau Gasol combined for 23 points, while Nash dished out 10 assists in a disappointing start to the new year for the Lakers.
PHI 103, LAL 99 - 14.8 seconds remaining: The Sixers had uncharacteristically been sinking their free-throws all game, and at the most important time, Evan Turner misses two freebies to extend the lead to six.
Philly leaving the door open for Kobe.
PHI 103, LAL 97 - 22.4 seconds remaining in Q4: The Lakers have a major defensive lapse and Jrue Holiday throws down a dunk as the Lakers' bigs simply allowed the Sixers' PG to walk into the lane.
A crazy sequence that saw a J-Rich rushed three off of a Kobe turnover ultimately yields the Sixers two points, but not in the way they would have preferred.
The Lakers suddenly started caring about the game. Too late— Mark Medina (@MedinaLakersNBA) January 2, 2013
PHI 99, LAL 97 - 1:28 remaining in Q4: Kobe. Bryant. For three. Two-point game.
PHI 99, LAL 92 - 2:07 remaining in Q4: The Lakers continue to double Holiday and leave shooters open on the weak side, and it's resulting in some easy looks out on the perimeter and in the paint.
It's a true sign of respect that teams are starting to double Holiday in crunch time.
L.A.'s offense is sputtering down the stretch, with Kobe starting to go in ISO mode, not trusting his teammates to knock down open shots. And why would he with the way they've played tonight?
Terrible defense undoing the Lakers again.— Darius Soriano (@forumbluegold) January 2, 2013
PHI 97, LAL 90 - 3:30 remaining in Q4: The Sixers are doing something they don't do often, and that's finding weak-side cutters well. Hawes, especially.
Turner's up to 22 points, 12 rebounds and five assists.
PHI 94, LAL 88 - 4:29 remaining in Q4: The Lakers continue to double-team the ball when it's in the hands of Turner or Holiday, leaving Hawes open on the baseline to knock down open jumpers. He can shoot.
PHI 89, LAL 83 - 5:48 remaining in Q4: And, we have a Kobe Bryant sighting. Mamba's up to 29 points and the crowd at Staples Center is starting to get into this one.
One positive for the Sixers:
LAL are out of fouls; Philly in the bonus with the next one (7:06 left in 4th). Makes it more difficult to play high-pressure D.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) January 2, 2013
PHI 89, LAL 79 - 6:51 remaining in Q4: The Lakers are attempting to trap Jrue Holiday as high as the free-throw line, but he's finding enough space to step back and hit jumpers over Steve Nash.
Holiday's on the verge of a double-double, as he's got 24 points and nine boards. This kind of production night-in and night-out from Holiday and Turner is what the Sixers need to be competitive without Andrew Bynum.
Holiday and Turner are just dribbling around until they get to a spot w/in 12 feet & then they make the shot. Pretty simply stuff.— Darius Soriano (@forumbluegold) January 2, 2013
PHI 87, LAL 87 - 7:34 remaining in Q4: Evan Turner with a much-needed breakout game. He's got a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Turner's only really useful in isolation, as his off-ball decision making is still shaky.
PHI 85, LAL 75 - 8:38 remaining in Q4: In panic mode, Mike D'Antoni turns to his starting lineup (with Jodie Meeks in for Darius Morris).
The onus is on Jrue Holiday and company to close this one out.
PHI 85, LAL 75 - 9:00 remaining in Q4: Four of the Sixers' five starters are in double-figures, with Jason Richardson (seven points) the only one who hasn't cracked 10 points.
Counting Dorell Wright, the Sixers have five players who have scored 10+ points.
As for the Lakers, they have two players in double-figures. Kobe (27 points) and Jordan Hill (10 points).
PHI 83, LAL 75 - 9:48 remaining in Q4: Nick Young records his first point of the night after splitting a pair at the line.
Here's a humorous way of looking at the Lakers' three-point shooting woes tonight:
Robert Sacre has gotten up out of his seat awfully plenty tonight only to sit back down disappointed— Mark Medina (@MedinaLakersNBA) January 2, 2013
PHI 82, LAL 73 - 11:11 remaining in Q4:
D'Antoni enters 4th Q w/ small lineup: Morris, Bryant, Meeks, Metta, Howard— Mark Medina (@MedinaLakersNBA) January 2, 2013
PHI 81, LAL 73 - End of Q3
The Sixers lead by eight after three, led by Jrue Holiday, who has 22 points and nine assists. Evan Turner has complemented Holiday nicely, providing 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Kobe Bryant leads all scorers with 27 points, while Jordan Hill is the only other Laker in double-figures (10 points).
Dwight Howard has nine rebounds and four blocks, but has been invisible on the offensive end, totaling five points (3-of-8 from the line) through three.
Steve Nash and Pau Gasol are a combined 6-of-17 from the field for 15 points.
Despite winning 6 of 7, LAL have had a disturbing trend of trailing heading into 4th Q's. Deficit tonight is 8 at 81-73.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) January 2, 2013
PHI 77, LAL 69 - 1:48 remaining in Q3: If the Sixers are going to win this one, they're going to need to put it away at at the beginning of the fourth quarter and never look back.
Aside from Kobe Bryant, no one on the Lakers can find their shot, and the Sixers will have a chance to do some damage while Kobe rests.
Lakers 1-13 from behind the arc, 14-24 from the foul line. Yikes x 2.— Darius Soriano (@forumbluegold) January 2, 2013
PHI 74, LAL 69 - 2:49 remaining in Q3: Efficiency disparity: Thaddeus Young has eight points on 13 shots, and Evan Turner has 16 points on nine shots.
Turner also has eight rebounds and three assists. He's the biggest reason the Sixers are alive in this one.
Pau had a great laser pass inside to Jordan Hill. Drew the And1. Lakers down 74-69 with 2:49 left— Mark Medina (@MedinaLakersNBA) January 2, 2013
PHI 72, LAL 65 - 5:13 remaining in Q3: Kobe just doesn't look like he trusts any of his teammates tonight. He's taking contested fallaways, and while some of them are falling, he's going to need some help in order to pull this one out.
Elsewhere, the Sixers are 7-of-16 (43.8 percent) from three, while the Lakers have hit on just 1-of-13 (7.7 percent) from beyond the arc.
PHI 67, LAL 61 - 6:32 remaining in Q3: Kobe Bryant is the only Laker in double-figures tonight, totaling 23 points mid-way through the third quarter.
PHI 63, LAL 57 - 7:52 remaining in Q3: We should take some time to mention Lavoy Allen, who's having a nice game tonight, with eight points and six rebounds thus far.
Allen, of course, was infamously ranked at No. 500 in ESPN's NBA Rank before the 2011-12 season, and ended up playing an integral role in the Sixers' postseason run last year.
PHI 61, LAL 56 - 8:27 remaining in Q3: Kobe Bryant is en route to another 30-point game, but Steve Nash, Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard have been truly dreadful on the offensive end, combining for just 13 points.
Take away Kobe and the Lakers' bench is outscoring the starters— Mark Medina (@MedinaLakersNBA) January 2, 2013
PHI 61, LAL 52 - 8:55 remaining in Q3: We're seeing contrasting approaches from the two teams here. The Lakers are being patient getting into their offense, looking deep into the post each time down the floor.
The Sixers, on the other hand, are getting it done with long jumpers, although they are knocking them down.
Holiday and Turner are just killing the Lakers in isolation.— Darius Soriano (@forumbluegold) January 2, 2013
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