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(Friday, February 7th)
Final Score: LA Lakers 112, Philadelphia 98
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The depleted Los Angeles Lakers, with only nine players available, used a strong fourth quarter to beat the Philadelphia 76ers, 112-98, on Friday.
Steve Nash had 19 points and five assists on his 40th birthday for the Lakers, who went 2-1 on a three-game road trip. Wesley Johnson and Chris Kaman each tallied 17 points, with Kaman also pulling down eight boards.
"I thought I could play well, I could contribute," Nash said. "At this point, I don't take anything for granted. It's a grind for me to get ready to play every day. I'm just thrilled I can move out there without restriction and help my team."
Ryan Kelly added 15 points and eight boards for Los Angeles, which shot 50.6 percent from the floor. Steve Blake and Jordan Hill donated 14 points apiece.
The Lakers were without the services of Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Xavier Henry, Nick Young, Jodie Meeks and Jordan Farmar.
Tony Wroten ended with 16 points for the Sixers, who have lost seven in a row at home for the first time since a 12-game drought during the 1996-97 season. Spencer Hawes and Evan Turner each tallied 15 points, with Hawes also grabbing 11 rebounds.
James Anderson and Elliot Williams had 12 and 11 points, respectively, for the Sixers, who have lost five in a row overall.
"It appears we play better on the road," Sixers coach Brett Brown said. "Everybody wants to do better in our city, in front of our fans."
Wroten's 62-footer at the third-quarter buzzer got the Sixers within 87-85.
Philadelphia cut its deficit to one, 91-90, on Wroten's slam with 10:04 to play, but the Lakers responded with a 10-0 run. Kaman tallied six points during the spurt that Hill capped with a free throw for a 101-90 edge.
The 76ers never got closer than eight the rest of the way.
Philadelphia led by as many as nine in the first quarter and took a 35-26 lead into the second.
Blake ended the second period with consecutive 3-pointers to get Los Angeles within 64-61.
The Lakers took a two-point lead after a third stanza that featured five lead changes and one tie.
Los Angeles is 6-1 in its last seven trips to the City of Brotherly Love ... Philadelphia last won at home on Jan. 15 against the Bobcats ... The Sixers shot 42.5 percent from the field and went 15-of-32 from beyond the arc ... Philadelphia turned the ball over 23 times, leading to 21 Los Angeles points ... The Lakers outscored the 76ers by a 25-13 margin in the fourth quarter.
02/08 02:20:53 ET
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