After a 1-3 road trip, the Los Angeles Lakers returned home Wednesday night and hosted one of the other young up-and-coming teams in the NBA in the Philadelphia 76ers.
Lakers head coach Luke Walton went with his normal starting lineup of Lonzo Ball, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Brook Lopez.
They faced the tough challenge of facing the Sixers rookie sensation, 6’10” point guard Ben Simmons and center Joel Embiid. They were joined in the starting lineup by J.J. Redick, Robert Covington and Dario Saric.
The Lakers got off to a slow start as Embiid scored five of the Sixers first seven points and Simmons had a big transition dunk to put Philadelphia up 9-2 early.
Kuzma responded on a layup after a full-court outlet pass from Ball, but the Sixers seemingly could not miss the first few minutes of the game, working their lead up to 18-7, causing Luke Walton to burn an early timeout, as has been the case in many recent games for the Lakers.
The lack of energy continued out of the timeout for L.A. forcing Walton to insert his top subs, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson into the game earlier than usual.
It worked, as Clarkson, Randle and Andrew Bogut sparked an 8-2 run to bring the Lakers back within seven with two minutes left in the
Article source: http://www.lakersnation.com/lakers-recap-joel-embiid-76ers-outduel-lakers/2017/11/15/
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