Things got out of hand in the City of Brotherly Love early for the Lakers as they were steamrolled 138-94. Their slow start and inability to convert on three-point opportunities, combined with the Sixers clicking on all cylinders quickly made this one a foregone conclusion.
This is a game Los Angeles would love to soon forget, with the only highlight being another milestone achievement for LeBron James. He is now the player with the most minutes played in NBA history with over 66,298 minutes played in regular season and playoff games passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
LEBRON HAS NOW PLAYED THE MOST MINUTES IN NBA HISTORY— ESPN (@espn) November 28, 2023
He passes Kareem for the most career minutes, including regular season and playoffs (66,298). pic.twitter.com/BT1PgAa24x
The opening frame did not start positively for the Lakers as they allowed the Sixers to go on a 20-2 run midway through the quarter to dig themselves into a hole again to start a game. It wasn’t as poor of a start as their matchup against the Cavaliers, where they allowed 40 points in the first, but down 32-19 after one is not ideal.
Throughout the rest of the half, the Lakers struggled with the three-ball. They couldn’t defend it, allowing the Sixers to shoot 22-46 from deep on the night and couldn’t convert themselves going 7-28 from beyond the arch.
Professional NBA irritant and former “wing” Patrick Beverley piled on, scoring all nine of his first-half points from downtown and cheering himself on to remind the Lakers he still exists.
Entering the second half down by 15, the only resistance Philadelphia felt was from the actual clock, which malfunctioned and delayed the start of the third quarter. Once we were underway, it was more of the same with the Sixers extending their lead to 18 entering the final 12 minutes of action.
James did participate in the last quarter, but no fake comeback tonight as the Sixers refused to take their foot off the gas and continued to pile on during the early minutes of the fourth.
With 8:18 left, the Lakers did something they’ve rarely done all year and emptied their bench early, signaling their defeat as we got nothing but garbage time until the clock ran out.
An inability to defend or hit the three is a recipe for disaster, particularly on the road. Philadelphia is one of the best teams in the league and once you fall behind by as many as 25 in the first half, it will be nearly impossible to win.
L.A. will have to shake this one off quickly as they have back-to-back games left during this road trip with the struggling Detroit Pistons up next on Wednesday. A victory would guarantee at least a split during this trip, which would be considered a successful visit out East.
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