‣ LeBron James and the Lakers suffered their worst defeat against the Philadelphia 76ers, losing by 44 points. This is the worst loss for the Lakers in their 290 games against the 76ers.
‣ Joel Embiid led the Sixers with his sixth career triple-double, scoring 30 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists. The Sixers’ success was largely attributed to their performance from beyond the arc, hitting 22 three-pointers compared to the Lakers’ seven.
‣ Despite Anthony Davis scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, he was criticized by Sixers forward Paul Reed as “a big flopper.” LeBron James, however, defended Davis, stating that the team needs him at his best.
“He’s a big flopper so make sure I don’t get in foul trouble early by any—I can’t be too aggressive with him. He’s gonna be flailing so I gotta make sure I stay out of foul trouble.” 😳
– Paul Reed on defending Anthony Davis
— NBACentral (@TheDunkCentral)
LeBron James has had some tough losses, but none quite like this. The recent 138-94 defeat against Philadelphia was a new low, even for him. Sure, he and the Lakers have lost before, like the 42-point loss to the Pacers in 2019, or the 36-point loss in the NBA Finals with the Heat. But a 44-point loss? That’s a first.
Joel Embiid of the Sixers was the driving force behind their victory. The guy scored his sixth career triple-double, ending the game with 30 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists. This was his first of the season and his seventh career game with 10+ assists. Not too shabby, huh?
This loss for the Lakers wasn’t just any loss. It was their worst ever against the 76ers, after 290 games between them. And, to add salt to the wound, the LA squad hasn’t managed to win against them in their last seven games. Joel Embiid seemed to relish the victory, saying, “That’s my favorite team. Any time I play against them, you want to get the win. But I do it every night anyways against every other team.”
The timing of this loss was particularly unfortunate. It was on this day, November 27, that LeBron became the player with the most NBA minutes of all time. But it wasn’t his night. He scored 18 points but didn’t secure a single rebound throughout the match. When asked about his new record, previously held by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, LeBron shrugged it off, saying, “That doesn’t mean much to me.”
So, what was the secret to Philly’s success? It seems they were deadly from beyond the arc. The Sixers scored 22 three-pointers, while the Lakers only managed seven. “We got killed on the 3-point line,” LeBron admitted. “They made shots. Give them credit.”
Coach Darvin Ham echoed LeBron’s sentiments. “Your competitive spirit has to be at a high level,” he said after the game. “It almost has to be bulletproof to a certain degree. You have to meet force with force. They outhustled us.”
Nick Nurse, the Sixers coach, believed that their early lead with 13 three-pointers in the first half, a season high for them, was key to their victory. “You certainly don’t go into a game like this expecting that kind of game to break out,” he said. “When the 3 ball starts going in the way they did early, I think that just energizes everybody.”
Paul Reed of the 76ers didn’t hold back in his comments about Anthony Davis, the Lakers’ center. Despite Davis scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds, Reed called him “a big flopper” and predicted his poor performance, saying, “You know, he’s gonna be flailing.”
The postgame interviews revealed that both coaches were surprised to see a backup player taking shots at the eight-time All-Star. “Go guard him, I guess. Best of luck, Paul,” Ham said, looking ahead to the next game.
LeBron, however, had some words of encouragement for his teammate. “AD was big time tonight for us,” he said. He went on to say, “We expect a lot from AD. We want him to be aggressive offensively and at the same time anchor our defense. Tonight was an AD game. Defensively they have those trees in Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley, and I thought AD did a great job attacking, and at the same time trying to defend and cover the glass when those guards are getting into the paint, trying to change shots at the rim and get blocked shots, and trying to clean the glass at the same time.”