Sixers 115 – Lakers 109
In a game looked at by many as a showcase of two of the best young teams in the league the two teams the Lakers and Sixers did not disappoint.
Last night a rookie came one rebound shy of a triple double in the Staples Center unfortunately for us Lakers fans it was Ben Simmons finishing the game with 18 points 10 assists and 9 rebounds. But the star of the night just happened to be Joel Embid who dominated to the tune of 46 points, 15 rebounds, 7 blocks and 7 assists.
Lakers forwards Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma scored 26 and 24 points. Panda super-sub Jordan Clarkson chipped in with 20 points and 5 assists.
3 Good things
Brandon Ingram was aggressive and efficient with his scoring last night shooting 11-18 from the field and 4-5 from the free throw line. Every game Ingram looks to be getting more and more comfortable scoring on drives to the bucket and showing a nice touch from midrange.
Kyle Kuzma continues to show he belongs at this level. 2K attacked the paint early and often finishing with 24 points and 7 rebounds. Kuz even tried to put Joel Embid on a poster early in the third quarter but missed the dunk. 2K continues to impress and put the league on notice.
Joel Embid and Ben Simmons healthy and playing together is a thing of beauty. Embid has proved to be worth the wait as he can score from anywhere on the floor and last night he just looked unstoppable. Simmons while not as polished as a scorer showcased his playmaking ability and put his teammates in position to score with ease.
3 Bad Things
Brook Lopez was a non-factor on both sides of the floor last night. He couldn’t guard Joel Embid and didn’t provide much offense either. Lopez went 3-12 from the field and 0-5 from 3. Lopez tends to drift out to the three point line a little too much and maybe someone needs to remind him to post up from time to time.
Julius Randle competed but was no-match for Joel EMbid’s combination of size and strength. Randle fouled out and went 2 – 12 from the field last night as he struggled finishing in the paint last night.
Lonzo Ball was again held out of the 4th quarter as he struggled from the field shooting 1-9 from the field and 0-6 from three. Lonzo continues to be tentative and more of a ball mover than anything else at this point.