There was a two-game interruption of types in what had been a optimistic circulation for the Lakers on this six-game journey that began with two consecutive wins that have been adopted by two losses in a row that got here within the wake of sicknesses and accidents.
They have been basically again complete Friday night time, with Anthony Davis and LeBron James returning to the fold, however even with their eventual profound play, the Lakers misplaced some steam when the tense sport reached extra time of what turned a 133-122 defeat to the 76ers at Wells Fargo Middle.
An 18-point deficit early within the fourth quarter didn’t detour the Lakers. A nine-point deficit with 34.1 seconds left didn’t cease the Lakers.
However after the sport went into extra time tied 120-120, the Lakers didn’t appear to have a lot left within the tank, lacking their first 9 pictures, falling right into a gap they have been unable to climb out of this time and sending them to a 3rd consecutive loss and a 2-3 file on a visit that can end at Detroit on Sunday.
“I told the team that as disappointed as I am that we didn’t get the win, I still can have a good meal and sleep like a baby tonight because of the way we competed,” Lakers coach Darvin Ham stated. “We did not quit. We did not give up. There was a point in the game where we could have just folded our tent. But we kept scratching away, kept digging deep, kept making plays, one stop after another one and put ourselves in a position to win the game.”
It was an uneven begin for Davis, who had missed the final sport in Toronto on Wednesday night time recovering from flu-like signs and performed simply eight minutes within the sport at Cleveland due to that sickness. He had three fouls within the first quarter towards the 76ers and picked up his fourth simply 2 minutes 47 seconds into the third.
However Davis stepped up within the fourth quarter, scoring 21 factors, the sixth 20-plus-point quarter of his profession and his first since he had 20 factors within the third quarter towards Memphis on Oct. 29, 2019.
He completed the sport with 31 factors, 12 rebounds and two blocks.
“It’s always tough to get a rhythm and everything when you’re in foul trouble,” Davis stated. “I was in foul trouble all night. But it’s just continuing to fight. And my teammates did a good job of putting me in situations to score the basketball.”
It was a troublesome begin for James, who had missed the Raptors sport with left ankle soreness. James missed his first six pictures and first three three-pointers. He completed with 23 factors on nine-for-22 capturing, one-for-eight from three-point vary and four-for-eight from the free-throw line.
“We came here and played Lakers basketball for sure,” James stated. “We competed. We shared the ball. We defended at a high level. … We understand that we can have a really good trip if we close out the right way in Detroit on Sunday. So, we look forward to that matchup.”
With Austin Reaves (25 factors), Russell Westbrook (12 factors, 11 rebounds, 11 assists) and an efficient zone protection, the Lakers stayed inside placing distance and finally had an opportunity at a victory.
Joel Embiid (38 factors, 12 rebounds, 5 assists), De’Anthony Melton (33 factors) and James Harden (28) had made it troublesome for the Lakers.
Nonetheless, down 119-110 with 34.1 seconds left within the fourth, the Lakers struck.
Reaves was fouled whereas capturing a three-pointer, however he made his first two free throws and missed the third.
“You always got to make that one,” Reaves stated, “especially under those circumstances.”
After one other 76ers turnover, the Lakers received one other alternative when Davis was fouled.
However he made simply considered one of two free throws to tie the rating at 120-120.
“The guys are thinking, I’m thinking, ‘Oh, they fouled AD. They tricked this one off.’ Go up and make the first,” Davis stated. “Even with AR [Austin Reaves] too. … That one was tough. I put a lot of pressure on myself to make free throws and then especially in that type of situation. I’m still kind of shocked that I missed it.”