Lakers fall to 76ers after a furious rally forces overtime

Joel Embiid had 38 points and 12 rebounds, De’Anthony Melton had a career-high 33 points off the bench and the Philadelphia 76ers rebounded after squandering a nine-point lead over the Los Angeles in the final 30 seconds of regulation to beat the Lakers with 133. 122 in overtime on Friday night.

Anthony Davis had 31 points and 12 rebounds while LeBron James had 23 points for the Lakers. James (sore left ankle) and Davis (illness) both missed defeat in Toronto on Tuesday.

Russell Westbrook had 12 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists and joined Magic Johnson as the only Lakers with a triple-double off the bench.

The Lakers were 12 minutes behind with 2½ minutes left on rule but rallied due to clutch buckets and costly fouls by the Sixers. James converted a three-point play with a minute left that put the Lakers 115-110.

Austin Reaves buried a three-pointer with 12 seconds left that took the Lakers 119-117 and generated a huge surge in Lakers fans who were well represented in the crowd. Reaves lost 120-117 and was fouled by Matisse Thybulle on a three-point try. He made the first two free throws and missed the third. Davis was then fouled by Tobias Harris by 3.7 seconds. Davis missed one of two that made it to 120 and sent the game into overtime.

In the fourth, the Lakers made 16 of 20 free throws.

James Harden had an overtime bucket that gave the Sixers breathing room and finished with 28 points and 12 assists.

Joel Embiid of the 76ers handles the ball against the Lakers' Anthony Davis on December 9, 2022.

The 76ers’ Joel Embiid, who had 38 points and 12 rebounds, handles the ball against the Lakers’ Anthony Davis. Davis finished with 31 points and 12 rebounds.

(Matt Slocum/Associated Press)

Melton had a career game with three steals in the third game alone, hitting four three-pointers and making all six shots in a 16-point quarter. He made a total of eight threes.

Embiid highlighted a wild first half with a 20-point first quarter on an eight-of-nine shooting overall and hit two three-pointers. Embiid scored as many points as the Lakers in the quarter as he gave the Sixers a 31-21 lead. Embiid’s eight baskets also equaled the Lakers’ total.

He ended the quarter with a powerful dunk over Thomas Bryant.

Embiid briefly went to the locker room early in the second quarter, giving the Lakers an opening. The Sixers have traditionally struggled when Embiid is off the court, which isn’t terribly surprising given he’s the reigning NBA scoring champion.

The Lakers went on a 13-2 run with Embiid on the bench, a run that didn’t stabilize until Embiid returned and hit a three-pointer for a 36-34 lead. The game then turned into a three-point shootout. The Lakers made four, the 76ers had six, and Philly went into the break with a 61-59 lead.

Reaves, who made two threes and scored 15 points, kept the Lakers within striking distance. He finished at 25. Lakers fall to 76ers after a furious rally forces overtime

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