When Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers visited Lonzo Ball at Staples Center on Nov. 15, the big man walked away with a big win and a career night. Ball's Los Angeles Lakers returned the favor in their trip to Wells Fargo Arena on Thursday.
Brandon Ingram hit a game-winning three-pointer with two seconds remaining and scored 21 points. He was one of five Lakers in double figures as L.A. took a 107-104 win.
Ingram's shot came on an assist from Ball, who had 10 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
The win snapped a five-game Lakers losing streak. While it struggled from the free-throw line (12-of-24) and the field (43.8 percent), L.A. took advantage of 18 Sixers turnovers and dominated the offensive glass.
Larry Nance Jr. had a team-high four offensive boards on his way to an 11-point, seven-rebound performance. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (13 points) and Brook Lopez (11 points) rounded out the five starters in double figures, while Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson both scored 16 off the bench.
Embiid finished with 33 points, seven rebounds, six assists and five blocks to follow up his 46-point, 15-rebound effort against L.A. in their first meeting. Ben Simmons had 12 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists as part of a triple-double. However, both players and JJ Redick (15 points) finished with four turnovers apiece.
"First off his size, at the point guard position, you don't see that and he knows his game," Ball said of the 6'10" Simmons, per Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.com. "He doesn't let anybody tell him to get away from his stuff. He does what he does and helps his team win every night."
"I feel he plays the right way," Ball added. "As big as he is, he can probably go to the rim and shoot every time. He is a great passer, rebounder and does all the little things."
Robert Covington added 19 points, six rebounds and four blocks for Philadelphia. The bench was a weakness for the Sixers, who got only Richaun Holmes' 13 points from their reserves.
Philadelphia has dropped three of its last four games. It will travel to face the streaking Cleveland Cavaliers, who've won 13 straight, Saturday night.