Ingram Drills Last-Second 3-Pointer; Lakers Top 76ers 107-104
PHILADEPHIA, Sporting Alert – Brandon Ingram scored 21 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer in the closing seconds and the Los Angeles Lakers snapped a five-game skid with a 107-104 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night.
With the game locked at 104-104 in the last seconds of the contest, Lonzo Ball drove to the basket before kicking back out to a wide-open Ingram, who set himself and connected from beyond the arc to seal the win.
“I think he made a great pass,” Ingram said. “I had the confidence to shoot it.”
“(Ball) sucked the defense in and kicked it out. I think he made a great pass.”
The Sixers (13-11) had the ball for the last 0.8 seconds, but Richaun Holmes failed to connect on a last ditched 3-point attempt and the Lakers picked up a valuable victory.
Ingram also had seven rebounds and six assists in the win.
Lonzo Ball finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
“I thought that was great recognition,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “Brandon showed a lot of guts to be able to knock down that 3 at the end.”
Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle each had 16 points off the bench, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 13 and Larry Nance Jr. ended with 11 points and seven rebounds for Los Angeles (9-15).
Brook Lopez also scored 11 points with five rebounds for the visitors.
Joel Embiid finished with a game-high 33 points to go along with seven rebounds, six assists and five blocks to lead Philadelphia.
“We’ve got to rebound the ball,” said Embiid. “I didn’t do that tonight. That’s one of the reasons we lost this.”
Robert Covington had 19 points, six rebounds and four blocks, J.J. Redick scored 15 points, while Richaun Holmes finished with 13 points, six rebounds and two steals for the Sixers in the defeat.
Ben Simmons recorded a double-double with 12 points, a career-best 15 assists and 13 rebounds, and Jerryd Bayless contributed 12 points for the 76ers, who will next travel to face the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday.
“I never really felt we started playing until halfway through the third,” Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said.
The Los Angeles Lakers are staying on the road against the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday.
The 76ers made 16 of 21 from the free throw line, while the Lakers made just 12 of their 24 attempts.
Walton jokingly told Ingram after the game that had the team made its free throws, his shot wouldn’t have been needed.
“If you made your free throws we wouldn’t have needed that 3-point shot,” he jokingly said.