Postgame: Sixers 111 Lakers 104

by Max Rappaport Writer




December 29, 2013 | Staples Center, Los Angeles, California

by Max Rappaport,
Posted: December 29, 2013

LOS ANGELES –– Heading into the second trimester of the 2013-14 season, head coach Brett Brown has zeroed in upon three areas in which he’d like the Sixers to improve – getting back in transition, defending the three-point line, and taking care of the basketball. Sunday night, his team was able to do all three, propelling them to their second road victory of the season and their first since November 1. 

“We’ve said all along that wins, from time to time, help validate the work that everybody’s put in,” said Brown after Sunday’s 111-104 win over the Lakers. “Sometimes you just keep hammering the rock hoping it’s going to split, and tonight it split.

“I’m happy for (my players)… I think they deserve it.”

The Lakers went 8-of-21 (38.1%) from beyond the arc in the first half, but were held to just four makes on 16 attempts (25.0%) in the final 24 minutes of the game. 22 L.A. turnovers led to 27 points for Philadelphia, who turned the ball over just 11 times, their lowest total of the season. L.A. scored just eight fastbreak points in the contest. 

Thaddeus Young led the Sixers with 25 points on 10-of-21 shooting, nine rebounds, three assists, and three steals. The seventh-year forward has logged four straight games with 25 or more points, the longest such streak of his career. During that stretch, he’s averaging 27.5 points (55.3 FG%, 64.7 3P%, 88.2 FT%), 8.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 2.5 steals per game. 

The Sixers are two games into a five-game Western Conference road trip, which continues on Wednesday against the 14-15 Denver Nuggets.