The Los Angeles Lakers made a late push but came up short against the Philadelphia 76ers in a 118-116 loss. A questionable play from D’Angelo Russell with the game on the line amounted to an air-ball against the shot clock, and the 76ers were able to wrap things up at the free-throw line through the final 30 seconds.
Larry Nance, Jr. hit a stunning three-pointer with less than 10 seconds left to pull the Lakers within one, but Dario Saric iced the game at the free-throw line.
There are many things to say about getting eviscerated by the 76ers on defense, but it can be summarized as this: the Lakers gave up 93 points through three quarters to the worst offense in the entire NBA and looked helpless during the assault.
Saric was impressive, draining three three-pointers on his way to a career-high 29 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Jahlil Okafor had his way with the Lakers’ defense for the most part, making eight of his 12 attempts for 23 points.
Ivica Zubac made his presence felt early on during his second career start but his impact diminished as the game went on. Still, his block party against the 76ers — including a complete ownage of Okafor — was one of the few positives in this ugly game.
Jordan Clarkson was the only guard that found any consistency on offense, scoring a team-high (and new season-high) 30 points on 10-of-16 shooting with eight assists. It’s the first time this season that Clarkson dished more than five assists. He also did a great job of attacking to get to the line making all 10 of his 11 free-throws.
D’Angelo Russell, meanwhile, left whatever he had going for him against the Suns in Phoenix. He finished with 11 points on 5-of-17 shooting with seven assists.
Nick Young absorbed a DNP after being relegated to a bench role in favor of kicking the tires even further on the youth movement. Tarik Black, while also moved to the bench, still saw the floor.
There’s not much more to say about this one, especially with the Lakers back in action Monday night to wrap this back-to-back set in Denver. See you tomorrow for the schedule loss!