Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Jrue Holiday had 26 points and 10 assists and Evan Turner added 22 points and 13 rebounds in the 76ers 103-99 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday.
The 76ers outscored the Lakers 11-3 over the final 2:20 of the half to pull ahead 54-50 and extended the margin to eight points after three quarters. Los Angeles trailed 89-79 after Holiday’s jumper with 6:54 left in the game, then closed to 94-90 on Metta World Peace’s jumper a few minutes later.
But the Sixers responded by scoring the next five points, including a layup by Jason Richardson that made it 99-90 with 2:57 left.
The Lakers were able to cut the lead to 99-97 capped by Bryant’s 3-pointer with 1:28 left. But Spencer Hawes responded with a 21-footer 16 seconds later, and Holiday helped close it out on a driving dunk with 22.4 seconds on the clock.
Kobe Bryant, who shifted from shooting guard to small forward five games ago in coach Mike D’Antoni’s redesigned rotation, led Los Angeles with 36 points.
The Lakers (15-16) have matched their worst start after 31 games since the 2002-03 season, when they began defense of their third straight NBA title with a 12-19 record.
“So many situations just seem new, and I think we’re struggling to find that little bit of connectivity that
makes a team a team,” said point guard Steve Nash, who had 12 points and 10 assists.
“We’re just slow, and they’re a team that’s younger with fresher legs and played with more energy,” said Bryant.
Pau Gasol had 11 points and nine rebounds but shot only 2-for-12 while playing on a sore right foot. Dwight Howard missed his first five shots, and finished 1-for-7 with seven points and 14 boards.