Recap: Lakers comeback falls short as 76ers make game-winning shot

Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James goes up for a dunk during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Philadelphia. (Matt Slocum/AP)

Well, that sucked. The Los Angeles Lakers lose 107-106 to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Did I mention that sucked?

The Lakers staged a furious comeback at the end of the game with a 13-0 run capped by a huge Kentavious Caldwell-Pope three and a go-ahead layup for Anthony Davis. Davis’ basket made it a 105-104 Lakers lead with 11.2 seconds, prompting a 76ers timeout. Doc Rivers and the 76ers drew up a play to get Tobias Harris defended by the smaller Alex Caruso, and it worked to perfect. Harris drove Caruso into the mid-post, rose up, and swished the basket home with not enough time for the Lakers to manage a good look.

Here’s our recap of this night…THAT SUCKED!

Player of the game – LeBron James

Although the Lakers had a rough night on the offensive end as a team, it was not because of LeBron James who continues his early-season MVP campaign. He had 34 points, six assists, and six rebounds, giving a soft encore to his 46-point performance the other night against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He continues to be consistent from deep this season, making two of his five attempts from three.

Stat of the game – 16-of-25 (64%) on free throws and 8-of-24 (33%) on three-pointers

The pace of this game (along with all the fouls called) is probably to blame for the low-scoring, but the Lakers’ shooting didn’t help much easier. Their poor night from the charity stripe hurts the most, especially considering the fact that eight of the nine misses came from the Lakers’ two superstars, LeBron and Davis. Davis’ up-and-down start to the season continues, as he missed five of his 10 free-throw attempts while also missing all three of his three-point attempts (he still did shoot 50% on field-goals overall).

What’s next?

Think fast! The Lakers will be right back at it tomorrow as they take a plane from Philadelphia to Detroit to take on the Pistons. Both teams will be on the second nights of back-to-backs, as the Pistons lost tonight to the Cleveland Cavaliers, 122-107.

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