Green, Curry Help Lift Sixers Over Lakers
After all the madness of the NBA trade deadline came and went, the Sixers would be in action on Wednesday night. They would be facing off against a depleted Lakers' squad for the third game of their six-game road trip.
Both teams would be without some star power, and it would show early. Things would be all tied up at the half, but things would change in the third quarter.
The Sixers would come out of halftime and go on a run to create some separation and would keep the Lakers at bay for the remainder of the contest. LA would have a small push in the final minutes, but it would not be enough.
In the end, the Sixers would walk away with a 109-101 victory. They are now 3-0 on this road trip and have won 10 of their last 11 games.
After receiving his championship ring before the game, Danny Green would go on to make a statement against his former team. He would lead the Sixers in scoring with 28 points, including shooting 8-12 from beyond the arc. His final three would end up being the nail in the coffin for the Lakers' chances of winning.
Dwight Howard would also get his ring but would hit the showers early on Thursday night. He would receive two technicals and be ejected from the game in just over six minutes of action.
The other Sixer who would step up in this matchup is Seth Curry. He would make his return to the lineup after missing three games with an ankle injury and provide a much-needed boost. Curry would be the second-leading scorer for the Sixers with 19 points, including hitting four shots from beyond the arc.
Tobias Harris would have a rather quiet night against the Lakers but was still extremely effective. He would finish with a final stat line of 17 points, six rebounds, five assists, two steals, and a block. On top of filling the entire box score, he would make eight of his 10 shot attempts from the floor.
Ben Simmons would have a night to forget shooting-wise as he would make just one of his seven attempts from the floor. But he would thrive in other areas and continue to show that he affects winning outside of scoring.
Simmons would put on a playmaking showcase dishing out 12 assists to tie his season-high. Although his shots weren't falling, he would be effective from the free-throw line. The Sixers shot 21 free-throws as a team, with Simmons counting for 11 of them. He would convert seven of those attempts en route to ending the game with nine points.
Defense would be a key factor that led to the Sixers pulling out this win. They would rack up 13 steals as a team and got the Lakers to cough up the ball 20 times. Those turnovers would go on to result in 24 Sixer points.
Even with the stars having quiet nights, the Sixers continue to pull off win after win. Looking ahead, the Sixers will be back in action on Saturday as they face off against Doc Rivers' former team in the LA Clippers.