Behind 25 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals from Thaddeus Young, the Philadelphia 76ers went on the road to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers 111-104 on Sunday night.
Evan Turned added 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists while Spencer Hawes contributed 19 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two blocks. Rookie Michael Carter-Williams scored 13 points, grabbed five rebounds, dished out five assists and had four steals.
Nick Young came off of the bench to lead the Lakers with 26 points, six rebounds and two assists (and six turnovers) while Jordan Hill had 18 points and 13 rebounds. The Lakers, who were already without Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Steve Blake, were again missing Pau Gasol because of his infection. During Sunday’s game, they lost Xavier Henry to what the team is calling a “right knee sprain.”
The teams were competitive throughout the night and entered the half tied at 52. The 76ers dominated the third quarter, taking a nine-point lead into the final quarter. The Lakers were able to take a 95-94 lead on a Robert Sacre three-point play and they pushed the lead to three after Young hit an 11-foot jumper with 5:46 to play, but a 10-2 run put the 76ers back in control of the game.
The Lakers had a chance to tie the game with just 20 seconds to play, but Shawne Williams’ three-pointer was off the mark. The 76ers hit their free throws down the stretch to ice the game.
The 76ers improved to 9-21 while the Lakers fell to 13-19.