If the Philadelphia 76ers’ loss to the Boston Celtics on Friday was the Furkan Korkmaz Game, their loss to the Los Angeles Lakers should be known as the Zhaire Smith Game — at least if you’re looking at it through a Sixers-centric lens.
The high-flying wing dropped 16 points (6-of-13 shooting, 1 of 4 beyond the arc), three assists, three steals, two rebounds, one block and a handful of highlight-reel dunks. It wasn’t enough, however, as the Sixers moved to 0-2 in Summer League, falling 96-79 to the Lakers.
For the Lakers, second-year man Josh Hart continued his string of impressive outings with 24 points (9-of-15 shooting, 4 of 8 from deep). Hart displayed an expanded offensive repertoire, nailing jumpers off the dribble, catch-and-shoot triples and navigating to the hoop in isolation or out of the pick and roll, using his 6-foot-5, 215-pound frame to do so.
His partner in crime was Svi Mykhailiuk, the 47th overall pick in this year’s draft. The Kansas product was dynamite behind the 3-point line, netting four of his eight long-range attempts, and was a steady presence on the glass, snaring a team-high nine rebounds.
After lighting up the scoreboard with 40 points against the Celtics, Korkmaz’s shooting stroke did a vanishing act as he posted four points on 1-of-9 shooting, including an 0-of-7 3-point showing.
With Korkmaz largely a no-show, the Sixers struggled to score, shooting just 38.3 percent from the floor and 3 of 29 (10.3 percent) beyond the arc. The Lakers, meanwhile, had little trouble from 3-point land, converting 14 of their 31 attempts as Hart and Mykhailiuk headlined the barrage, combining to go 8 of 16.
Philadelphia will return to the hardwood on Monday to face the Washington Wizards at 5:30 p.m. EST.