By: Kylan Watson
The Philadelphia 76ers were riding high after beating the Miami Heat on Monday night. They faced a hungry Los Angeles Lakers squad that was looking to stop Philly’s momentum. The Sixers used a fourth quarter explosion to beat the Lakers 126-121.
The Sixers did not start the game off well. They missed some easy shots, and the Lakers took full advantage as they were able to get an early lead. Philly was able to weather the storm and retake the lead by the second quarter. Joel Embiid led them he scored 16 of his 30-points by half-time. He got whatever he wanted from the field the Lakers had no one available on their roster who could stop him. Embiid hit shots from the perimeter and the paint and got the Lakers big-men in early foul trouble. He has continued his season of dominance and it has kept the Sixers afloat throughout the season.
Despite the offensive explosion from Embiid. The Lakers weathered the early storm and had an explosive third quarter. They scored 39-points and Dwight Howard (22-points) and Malik Monk (23-points) led them. The duo combined for 45 of the Lakers 121-points. Both made Philly pay for daring to give them space to get a shot off. Monk killed the Sixers whenever he got any space to get a shot off. If the Sixers did not get to him right away. He pulled up from beyond the arc or attack the basket. Philly made a second-half adjustment by putting Tobias Harris on him to slow him down.
The Sixers were able to pull-away late thanks to Tyrese Maxey who picked up right where he left off from Monday night. He scored 21-points and hit some clutch buckets to keep Philly ahead. Maxey’s emergence as a three-level scorer has been great for Philly. He has been taking full advantage of defenses leaving him open from beyond the arc. Maxey is hitting 41% of his three-pointers and making defenses pay for giving him any space to get a shot up. His shooting has given Philly a more consistent three-point attack and if he continues with his consistent scoring and shooting. The Sixers will be a dangerous team to face in the playoffs.
Philly now will prepare for a Friday night match-up with the Los Angeles Clippers. They will need another balanced scoring night to keep-up with the Clippers. Additionally, they will need to play better perimeter defense to stop LA’s backcourt. If they want to get their 46th win of the season.