What. A. Game.
Tonight, the Sixers escaped with a 107-106 victory over the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers.
Entering the game, the Sixers were 9-0 with its full starting lineup intact (as it was tonight). The Lakers were also 10-0 on the road. Now they are 10-1.
Joel Embiid got off to a hot start, scoring 13 of his 28 points in the first quarter. In the third quarter, Embiid sustained a scary hit after he was pushed in midair by LeBron James (34 points) and landed squarely on his back. He stayed in the game and played the entire third quarter. He ended the night with 28 points, six rebounds, four assists and two blocks. He made 11 of his 13 free throws.
Ben Simmons was aggressive, offensively, from the jump. He attacked the basket time and again en route to 17 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and only one turnover. This is the Ben Simmons the Sixers need to show up every night. Bravo, Ben.
Danny Green played a solid game, totaling 14 points on four made 3s.
Things were going swimmingly for the Sixers in the fourth quarter, until they sustained an awful 22-5 Lakers run that began around the 4-minute mark. LA took the lead on an Anthony Davis layup with 11 seconds left.
In walks our hero.
With two seconds left, Tobias Harris punctuated an extremely efficient game on both ends by carving out just enough space to hoist a jumper over the Lakers’ Alex Caruso. Splash.
Sixers win. If only fans would have been in attendance tonight.
Next up for the Sixers: on the road in Minnesota on Friday.