On Thursday night in Philadelphia, Ben Simmons recorded a triple-double and Joel Embiid led all scorers with 33 points, but the Los Angeles Lakers claimed the victory in a ideal advertisment for the team's future. But with the game tied at 104-104, Ball drove baseline before finding a wide open Brandon Ingram for a game-winning 3-pointer with eight-tenths of a second remaining to lift the Lakers to a 107-104 victory. Simmons came up a rebound shy of a triple-double and added five steals in a 115-109 win at Los Angeles on November 15 while Ball was held to two points on 1-of-9 shooting and two assists in 21 minutes. Both Ingram and Ball are 20 years old, and Thursday night felt like a signature win for a Lakers' team hoping for Ball and Ingram to lead the team for the foreseeable future. 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.
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. However, with the game knotted at 104-104, Joel Embiid missed a layup with 12 seconds on the clock, Ball grabbed the rebound and found Ingram for the clinching trey. Ingram probably had the best night of any Laker.
All three committed four turnovers, though, contributing to a night of unforced errors in which the Sixers coughed it up 18 times leading to 25 Laker points.
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After Ingram's 3-pointer, LaVar Ball rejoiced.
The Los Angeles Lakers built a 16-point third quarter lead, only to squander it late in the fourth quarter.
Philadelphia ( 13-11 ) has lost two straight and three of its last four games. 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.