Evan Turner scored 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and Thad Young added seven of his team-high 25 points as the visiting Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 111-104 at Staples Center on Sunday. Turner also had seven rebounds and six assists while Young grabbed nine rebounds and swiped three steals.
The Lakers had 20 turnovers, as opposed to the 76ers who had just 10.
“We just had way too many turnovers, we were out of sorts,” Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni said at the post game press conference seen on Time Warner Cable SportsNet.
“Nobody is going to feel sorry for us, we have to battle. We have a good spirit and we will get Pau (Gasol) back and hopefully we can turn it around. I don’t have a whole lot of answers for you.”
Neither team shot the ball very well as evident by the poor field goal shooting, the Sixers made 39 of 95 attempts (41.1%) and LA made just 31 of 84 (36.9%).
The game was tied at halftime but the Sixers used a 34-25 third quarter to take a 86-77 lead entering the final quarter.
“Lack of defense, we weren’t communicating,” Nick Young told Time Warner Cable SportsNet’s Jon Ireland. “It’s just the way we’ve been playing lately. Missed shots (hurt us), they did what they had to do tonight. I can’t tell you, we just have to go out there and find ourselves. We need to just go out there and have fun. We still gotta fight, not with ourselves, we just need to be a team.”
Young scored a game-high 26 points (on six-of-21 shooting) and continued to be the volume scorer the team needs with Kobe Bryant recovering from fractured leg. He had six rebounds and was the main culprit turning the ball over with six TO’s.
Jordan Hill added 18 points and 13 rebounds, Jodie Meeks chipped in with 15 points, and Shawne Williams scored 11 points and had 10 rebounds.
LA’s next game will be Tuesday against the Milwaukee when the Bucks visit Staples Center.
“We need a win, we can’t be choosy,” Jordan Farmar said to Time Warner Cable SportsNet’s Jon Ireland. Farmar finished with eight points and eight assists. “We just have to get back on the right track, having fun, playing basketball. We need some wins.”
Xavier Henry left in the first quarter with a knee injury and played just four minutes.
“I’m not too concerned,” he told Ireland. “I’ve hurt my knee before and it’s not the worst injury I’ve had. I just need to wait to have the MRI on Monday.”
The injury is just the latest in a long line of injuries to a team that has been decimated. Bryant, Steve Nash, Farmar, Steve Blake, Chris Kaman, and Gasol have all missed games this season.
“He plays hard,” Kaman said in the locker room. Kaman scored four points and grabbed three rebounds in 10 minutes off the bench. “He’s young, he’ll learn when to play hard and when to scale it back a little bit.”
Center Spencer Hawes scored 19 points for Philadelphia. He also contributed eight rebounds, five assists and two blocks. Rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams added 13 points, five assists, five rebounds and four steals.
The Lakers dropped to 13-18 and 7-8 at home while the Sixers improved to 9-21 and 2-13 on the road.
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