Embiid dominates as Sixers beat Lakers in young talent showcase

AFP
Embiid, who had 19 points in the fourth quarter, produced the highest-scoring game for the 76ers since Allen Iverson scored 46 in 2006.
AFP
AFP

Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers goes to the basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during their NBA game at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on November 15, 2017. The Sixers won 115-109.

Philadelphia's Joel Embiid overwhelmed the Los Angeles Lakers in a Wednesday showdown of the NBA's top young talents, scoring 46 points in the 76ers' 115-109 victory.

The dominating 23-year-old Cameroon 7-footer sank 14-of-20 shots from the floor and 16-of-19 from the free-throw line, pulled down 15 rebounds, passed out 7 assists and blocked 7 shots.

"Just being aggressive," Embiid said of the reason for his epic night. "I just wanted to come out and get down low and be a (force) down there."

Embiid, who had 19 points in the fourth quarter, produced the highest-scoring game for the 76ers since Allen Iverson scored 46 in 2006.

No player in National Basketball Association history had scored 46 points with 15 rebounds in a game while adding so many blocks and assists and Embiid warned he still isn't in top form.

"I'm still working on my condition," Embiid said. "I'll say 69 percent. I'm at 69 percent but it's getting there."

Australian guard Ben Simmons, 21, added 18 points, 9 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals for the 76ers in a stunning effort that was nonetheless overshadowed by Embiid's heroics.

"It's not just us. It's the whole team. We've all been playing well together," said Embiid, whose team is 8-6 after a 1-4 start.

"At the beginning I thought we were so young and we had to work so hard. But we have come along. We've still got a lot of work to do but it's coming together."

Brandon Ingram, 20, had a career-best 26 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Lakers while Kyle Kuzma, 22, added a career-high 24 points but highly touted 20-year-old Lonzo Ball spent the fourth quarter on the Lakers bench for the second game in a row, managing only 2 points.

In Charlotte, North Carolina, LeBron  James scored 31 points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers in a 115-107 triumph over the Hornets. It was the third win in a row on a four-game road trip for the Cavs (8-7).

"This was a big win and this was a big trip for us overall," James said. "Any time you're on the road for more than two days, and this was a week for us, you have the opportunity to come together even more.

"We faced a little adversity throughout some of the games and you've got to be resilient."

Kevin Love added 22 points and 10 rebounds for Cleveland while France's Nicolas Batum scored 16 points for Charlotte in his first game of the season following elbow surgery.

"Obviously Nic makes such a difference and as he gets more into rhythm I think you'll start to see the potential that our group has," Hornets coach Steve Clifford said.

Elsewhere on Wednesday, it was: Hawks 126, Kings 80; Thunder 92, Bulls 79; Timberwolves 98, Spurs 86; Raptors 125, Pelicans 116; Knicks 106, Jazz 101; Wizards 102, Heat 93; Bucks 99, Pistons 95; Trail Blazers 99, Magic 94; and Pacers 116, Grizzlies 113.


Special Reports
Top