Despite Philly hustling back in transition and having a timeout in his pocket, Walton made a decision to let the Lakers play, and Ball pulled it back out, passing to a trailing Ingram on the right wing - who, realizing Ball could not have been more open, quickly kicked it to Lonzo in the far corner. -500 teams continued as they dropped their second straight game Thursday against the Lakers, 107-104. 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. He finished with 21 points, seven rebounds and six assists including the game-winner. After back-to-back 20-plus-turnover games, the Lakers only turned the ball over 12 times against the Sixers.
Philadelphia 76ers Richaun Holmes, front right, reacts to his dunk as Los Angeles Lakers Julius Randle, left, looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in Philadelphia. Ball was so disappointed in his play, he went to the team's practice facility hours after that game to shoot instead of doing his usual post home game routine of re-watching the game. The Lakers missed half of their 24 foul shots, with Ingram leading the struggles with a 5-10 performance from the charity stripe. He shot 1-for-9 overall, including 0-for-6 from 3-point range, and had just two points, two assists and five rebounds in a nationally-televised game. Ingram, of course, capped off the performance by draining the three-pointer for the win.
The Los Angeles Lakers built a 16-point third quarter lead, only to squander it late in the fourth quarter.
With four minutes to play, though, the Sixers only trailed by one point after being inspired by Embiid and Simmons. Robert Covington finished with 19 points whilst six 76ers finished with double-figures. Unfortunately for Philadelphia, Holmes accounted for all of Philadelphia's bench scoring, while Randle and Jordan Clarkson evenly split 32 points off the Lakers' bench.
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.