Joel Embiid - Philadelphia 76ers

Embiid Scores Career-High 46pts, 76ers Beat Lakers, 115-109

LOS ANGELES, Sporting Alert – Joel Embiid scored a career-high 46 points and the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 115-109 on Wednesday night.

Embiid, who shot 14 of 20 from the floor and was successful in making 16 of 19 free throws, scored the most by a Philadelphia player in 11 years.

The 23-year-old also had 15 rebounds, seven assists and seven blocked shots — five in the third quarter alone — for the Sixers, who raced off to an early 14-4 advantage in the first quarter.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, Embiid became the first NBA player with 40 points, seven assists and seven blocks in the same game since ex-76ers Julius Erving did it against Detroit in 1982.

“I was just playing basketball and being aggressive, just like I was against the Clippers,” said Embiid, who also had an impressive double-double, including a career-high 16 rebounds in that win on Monday night.

Ben Simmons - Philadelphia 76ers
Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers – point guard

Rookie guard Ben Simmons flirted with a triple-double after finishing with 18 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds. He also had a career-best five steals for the 76ers (8-6), who have won two straight and seven in the last 10 games overall.

Robert Covington ended with 12 points and six rebounds and JJ Redick, who missed all eight of his 3-pointers, had 11 points, eight rebounds and five assists for Philadelphia, which shot 49-percent.

Brandon Ingram was the lead man for Los Angeles Lakers with 26 points and 11 rebounds.

Ingram played 40 minutes and went 11 of 18 from the floor.

Rookie Kyle Kuzma added a career-high 24 points to go with seven rebounds and Jordan Clarkson scored 20 off the bench for the Lakers (6-9), who have dropped four of the last five.

Rookie No. 2 pick Lonzo Ball shot 1 of 9 from the field and missed all six 3-point attempts to finish with two points, five rebounds and two assists.

The Lakers were outscored by 18 when Ball was on the court. He didn’t play in the fourth quarter for a second straight game.

“Why do I think he had an off night?” asked Lakers coach Luke Walton. “I don’t know, because he’s 20 years old and plays the toughest position in the NBA?

“Someone else will have an off night tomorrow. Tonight it didn’t seem like he had it.”

As a team, Los Angles was 42 of 109 for 39 percent and 3 for 27 from long-range.

The Lakers won the rebounding battle against the 76ers, 57-52, but had just 18 assists compared the visitors’ 27.

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