NBA Basketball

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LA Lakers 24 27 23 32 106
Philadelphia 34 21 26 26 107
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4:30 PM PT5:30 PM MT6:30 PM CT7:30 PM ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 PM MST7:30 PM EST4:30 UAE (+1)01:3019:30 ET6:30 PM CT22:30 , January 27, 2021
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Lakers put perfect road record on line against Sixers

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Los Angeles Lakers at Philadelphia 76ers

  1. The Lakers and 76ers split the season series last year, with each team recording a double-digit home win. Philadelphia has won their last two home games against the Lakers, their first home winning streak against Los Angeles since a run of seven straight wins from 2001 to 2007.
  2. The Lakers are the sixth team in NBA history to win their first 10 road games of a season. Of those teams, only the 1969-70 Knicks (97.8) allowed fewer points per game in their first 10 road games of the season than the Lakers this year (100.1).
  3. LeBron James posted a season-high 46 points in the Lakers' 115-108 win in Cleveland on Monday. James shot 19-for-26 (.731), the highest field goal percentage by a Laker attempting 25 or more shots in a game since Kobe Bryant (also 19-for-26) against the Jazz on November 30, 2006.
  4. The 76ers have won 24 of their last 25 home games, with a 115-103 defeat to Denver on January 9 the lone defeat. Philadelphia hasn't lost a home game with Joel Embiid on the floor since December 20, 2019, against Dallas (18 straight wins).
  5. Joel Embiid has three straight 30-point double-doubles, averaging 37.7 points and 11.7 rebounds in that span. Embiid has had one streak of four 30-point double-doubles in his career (October 18-24, 2018), the only Sixer to do so since Charles Barkley's four straight from November 28 to December 3, 1988.
  6. The 76ers average 25.2 free throw attempts per game this season, third-most in the NBA, while the Lakers have sent opponents to the foul line an NBA-low 17.6 times per game this season.
(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

The Los Angeles Lakers put their unbeaten road record on the line Wednesday night in Philadelphia.

The Lakers improved to 10-0 away from home on Monday at Cleveland, 115-108, as LeBron James celebrated his homecoming with a season-high 46 points on 19-of-26 shooting to go along with eight rebounds and six assists.

James scored 21 in the fourth quarter.

"When he's playing like that, it's fun to watch," teammate Anthony Davis said. "When he had what 19, 17 in the first? It's over. ... He wasn't missing. He was everywhere on the floor."

Only four other players in NBA history have scored at least 46 points in a game once they reached the age of 36. The others? The late Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan and Jamal Crawford.

"Pretty awesome to see that he can still turn it up like that," Lakers head coach Frank Vogel said. "The shot-making was just ridiculous."

The Lakers weren't scheduled to have any team activities on Tuesday so they could remember Bryant, who died one year ago. Last season in Philadelphia, James passed Bryant on the league's all-time scoring list.

It wasn't that long ago that the Lakers were celebrating another championship in the bubble near Orlando. With a short turnaround to this season, James still refuses to show any signs of slowing down.

"I've just never put a ceiling on my potential," James said. "I always wanted to continue to get better and better and better to a point where I also now can dictate (what) the defense can do. And the defense can't dictate what I'm supposed to do."

The Sixers will enter this matchup with the best record in the Eastern Conference at 12-6. They have won nine of their first 10 games at home.

But Philadelphia is looking to bounce back from a 119-104 loss on the road to the Detroit Pistons on Monday. The 76ers played without Joel Embiid (back) and fell to 0-4 without the All Star this season.

Embiid is likely to start against the Lakers.

"Yes, his back is tight and we want to get through the season with everyone healthy again," Sixers coach Doc Rivers said of Embiid. "So it's the right thing to do."

Ben Simmons struggled mightily against the Pistons with only 11 points in 21 minutes. Seth Curry shot 2 of 10 and the 76ers never found any kind of offensive rhythm.

"Without Joel and with Ben in early foul trouble, your team gets really thin," Rivers said.

Embiid, the reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week, is clearly one of the candidates in the conversation for Most Valuable Player. That has been especially noticeable when he doesn't play. The Sixers are simply not the same team.

Simmons, the No. 1 overall pick in 2016, hasn't played to the level of years past. He has been reluctant to shoot and has lacked some aggressiveness.

"But ultimately, I just want to win," Simmons said. "How I'm ready to do that is whether it's getting 10 steals and no points and no rebounds or 50 assists, whatever it is, I'm going to do."

--Field Level Media

Updated January 27, 2021

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