Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball hooked up to break the 76ers' hearts

Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball hooked up to break the 76ers' hearts

But Ball almost had a triple-double of his own with 10 points, eight assists and eight rebounds to go with four blocks and three steals. The Sixers' attempt at an answer on the other end - a quick inbounds for a Richaun Holmes heave - didn't even approach the rim, and the Lakers had sealed a 107-104 win and secured a measure of revenge after Embiid's monster game in L.A. last month.

The Australian racked up 12 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists while star centre Joel Embiid top-scored with 33 points for the 76ers. Ben Simmons had a triple-double with 12 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists.

Make no mistake, there are actual signs of positive growth for the Lakers, with Brandon Ingram taking great leaps since an uneven (to be kind) rookie season and the defense still improving from a league-worst mark a season ago. Both Ingram and Ball are 20 years old, and Thursday night felt like a signature win for a Lakers' team hoping for Ball and Ingram to lead the team for the foreseeable future.

The 76ers late fightback was led by Embiid, who grabbed 16 points in the final quarter.

The 76ers went in as favourites before their 13th sellout crowd in as many games, boasting a 13-10 season record and fifth spot in the eastern conference, while the Lakers (8-15) were 11th in the western conference. They earned it by playing a cleaner game for 48 minutes.

NOTES: Los Angeles enjoyed a 41-13 advantage in bench scoring.

But the Lakers never fell behind, hanging on to break a losing streak and quiet their, and the Ball family's, dissenters.

LiAngelo Ball and fellow freshmen basketball players Cody Riley and Jalen Hill created an global incident that eventually involved President Donald Trump.

Ball nearly had a triple double with 10 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists.

If the Lakers had simply been able to hit their foul shots, the game would have been put to bed earlier.

"I know I had a chance to", he said, "but I never really thought about it". He had 10 points, seven rebounds, six assists, four blocks and three steals through the first three quarters alone. "He doesn't let anybody tell him to get away from his stuff".

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