Joel Embiid's career night leads Philadelphia 76ers over Lakers

By Dennis Bernstein, The Sports Xchange  |  Nov. 16, 2017 at 10:19 AM
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LOS ANGELES -- Joel Embiid recorded career highs with 46 points, seven blocks and seven assists, and Ben Simmons added 18 points and 10 assists as the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 115-109 on Wednesday night.

Philadelphia (8-6) won its second straight and concluded a five-game road trip 3-2. Robert Covington scored 12 points and J.J. Redick added 11. The 76ers shot 48.8 percent, but were only 7 of 32 from 3-point range.

Los Angeles (6-9) lost for the fourth time in five contests. Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma established career-high with 26 and 24 points, respectively. Jordan Clarkson added 20 points. The Lakers shot 38.5 percent and an eye-popping 3 for 27 from beyond the arc.

Embiid established the career high in points on 14-for-20 shooting from the field, 16-for-19 from the foul line and added 15 rebounds. His previous high was 33 points against Brooklyn on Dec. 18, 2016.

Embiid scored 19 points in the final quarter including a layup with 4:04 remaining to give Philadelphia the lead for good at 102-101 to start a 13-8 run to close it out.

Philadelphia retook the lead in the first minute of the fourth quarter at 85-84 on a basket by Embiid and held the lead until 5:42 remaining in the game when Kuzma's basked tied the game at 97-97.

Los Angeles took an 84-83 lead after three quarters via a 10-3 run in the final four minutes of the period. Ingram, Kuzma and Brook Lopez scored six points in the quarter. Embiid paced Philadelphia in the quarter with nine points. Philadelphia shot 52.6 percent from the field while Los Angeles shot 39.4 percent.

Philadelphia led at halftime 58-54 led by Embiid's 18 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the field. Ingram registered 15 points and Kuzma added 10 points for Los Angeles. NOTES: The teams will meet again Dec. 7 in Philadelphia to conclude the two-game season series. ... Philadelphia returns home Thursday to start a six-game homestand against the Golden State Warriors. ... USA Today reported 76ers F Robert Covington is discussing the framework of a four-year, $62 million contract extension with team management. ... Lakers F Larry Nance, Jr. missed his seventh straight game with a second metacarpal fracture in his left hand. ... Los Angeles continues its four-game homestand against Phoenix on Friday.

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