Carney, Williams Lead Sixers to OT Win in Vegas
Philadelphia 98, L.A. Lakers 95
Las Vegas, July 10 -- Rodney Carney and Louis Williams helped the Philadelphia 76ers defeat the Los Angeles Lakers, 98-95 in OT. Williams and Carney combined for 59 total points, including 30 free throws.
With the Sixers down by three in regulation, Carney hit the tying 3-pointer to knot the score at 87-87 with 10.3 seconds left. On the ensuing play, the Lakers could not get off a shot.
In the overtime period, Carney scored eight of his game-high 30 points (10-18 FG, 7-8 FT) to seal the win for Philadelphia. The Lakers had cut it to two on a 3-pointer by Coby Karl, but Carney hit two free throws on the other end to push the lead back to four.
“In the previous games, I was being a little too over-aggressive,” Carney said of his play thus far. “Tonight I just tried to play my game and relax.”
Williams continued his summer league hot streak, by pouring in 29 points (6-15 FG, 16-22 FT), five rebounds and five assists. Williams’ 22 free throws were more than the entire Laker team (21). He came into the game averaging 24.7 points in the previous three contests.
“Summer league is the time to improve,” Williams remarked about his improved play this summer. “This opportunity to play is making me tougher, keeping me in shape and giving me a chance to work on my defensive skills.”
Karl had a nice game for the Lakers, displaying toughness and the ability to knock down the open shot. He finished with a team-high 23 points (8-13 FG, 4-6 FT) in 25 minutes of play. Farmar ran the point well for the Lakers, collecting a double-double with 18 points (7-10 FG) and dishing out 11 assists in 27 minutes of action.