Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Thaddeus Young scored 25 points while Evan Turner added 22 as the Philadelphia 76ers snapped a 13-game road losing streak with a 111-104 win over the injury-ravaged Los Angeles Lakers Sunday at Staples Center.
Center Spencer Hawes added 19 points and eight boards, Michael Carter-Williams had 14 and James Anderson contributed 11 as the 76ers (9-21) ended their road woes that started Nov. 9 and won for just the second time in their last 11 games.
“Down the stretch, we did a really good job of defensively locking in and just paying attention to detail and personnel,” said Young, who matched his season high in points on top of nine boards.
The 76ers, who entered the game as the second-best team in the NBA in points in the paint (50.6), lived up to their billing, posting 52 points in the shaded lane compared to the Lakers’ 28.
Nick Young scored 25 points off the bench on 6-for-21 shooting while Jordan Hill added 18 for the Lakers, who lost key player Xavier Henry to injury late in the first period.
Jodie Meeks added 15 points while Shawne Williams had 11 for the Lakers, who slipped to 13-18 after suffering a fifth consecutive defeat.
The Lakers were already without four starters due to injury — Kobe Bryant (fractured knee), Pau Gasol (upper respiratory infection), Steve Nash (nerve root irritation) and Steve Blake (elbow).
“We have guys battling, but it’s not enough right now. It’s very disappointing,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said after the game.
The Lakers got a nice push from their bench to start the fourth quarter, turning a 10-point deficit into a three-point lead on Nick Young’s pull-up jumper with 5:46 remaining.
However, the Sixers scored six unanswered points to move back ahead by three with 4:01 left.
With 1:31 to play, the Lakers had a chance to cut the lead to two but Hill failed to complete a three-point play.
On the other end, Thaddeus Young completed a three-point play of his own to extend the 76ers’ lead to 107-101.
The Lakers had a final chance to tie the score, but Williams missed an open 3-pointer from the top of the key with 20 seconds left and Michael Carter-Williams sank two free throws at the other end to seal the victory.