Embiid scores 37 as NBA 76ers rout LeBron's Lakers

Monday, February 11, 2019

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LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Joel Embiid scored 37 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to power the Philadelphia 76ers over the visiting Los Angeles Lakers 143-120 yesterday in a match-up of high-profile NBA clubs.

The 24-year-old Cameroon seven-footer (2.13m) was supported by 22 points from Tobias Harris and 21 more from JJ Redick in a romp over LeBron James and the Lakers, who fell to 28-28.

At 36-20, the 76ers pulled within 5.5 games of Eastern Conference leader Milwaukee as Embiid pondered the team's title hopes.

A trade with the Los Angeles Clippers added Harris to the line-up and Embiid likes the move even though new players must adjust to the 76ers in mid-season.

Every Embiid rebound came on the defensive boards, with the African star already seeing himself as the NBA's top defender.

James had 18 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in a losing cause.

Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, averaging 18.7 points a game, scored 23 of his game-high 39 points in the first quarter to give the Lakers a 40-39 lead. Kuzma made 8-of-11 shots from the floor, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range.

Redick sank a corner 3-pointer falling beyond the baseline after being fouled and then sank a free throw to complete a four-point play with 2:32 remaining in the second quarter. That gave the 76ers a 69-63 lead on the way to a 76-67 half-time advantage and the hosts dominated in the second half.

Slovenian 19-year-old swingman Luka Doncic scored 28 points, including what proved to be the game-winning 3-point play, as the Dallas Mavericks edged visiting Portland 102-101.

Doncic, who also had nine rebounds and six assists, boosted Dallas ahead 102-99 with 88 seconds remaining but Portland's CJ McCollum hit a jumper to create the final margin.

Doncic missed a late 3-pointer but Damian Lillard missed a jumper for the Trail Blazers to secure the Dallas triumph, the Mavericks having outscored Portland 24-9 in the fourth quarter to rally for the triumph.

Tim Hardaway Jr added 24 points for the Mavericks. Lillard scored a game-high 30 points for Portland while Bosnian big man Jusuf Nurkic added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Trail Blazers.

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