NBA Game Summary - LA Lakers at Philadelphia
(Friday, November 11th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 85, LA Lakers 81
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Allen Iverson scored 34 points, including the game-winning basket with 22.2 seconds left, as the Philadelphia 76ers rallied to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 85-81 at the Wachovia Center.
Kyle Korver added 14 points and John Salmons chipped in 12 for the 76ers, who have won three straight.
Philadelphia shot 43 percent from the floor and were a solid 79 percent (19- of-24) from the charity stripe.
Chris Mihm led the Lakers with 20 points, while Kobe Bryant attempted 27 field goals but made just seven and finished with only 17 points.
"Some nights the ball doesn't go in the basket for everyone," 76ers head coach Mo Cheeks said. "And tonight was probably no exception for Kobe (Bryant)."
The Lakers lost their second straight despite winning the points in the paint battle 44-34, behind Mihm and 16 points from Lamar Odom.
The last three minutes demonstrated the weight on Bryant's shoulders.
Smush Parker made a lay-in off a great pass from Bryant to cut the 76ers' lead to 78-76 with 2:32 remaining. Salmons then hit a three-pointer from the left wing off of dribble penetration by Iverson to increase the lead to five with 1:32 left.
After a Los Angeles timeout, Bryant did his best to win the game single-handedly. He drove into the middle of the lane, hung in the air while forcing contact, and made a bank shot. The free throw completed a three-point play that cut the lead to 81-79 with 1:04 left.
On the Lakers' next possession, Bryant backed into the paint and went up-and- under for a basket to tie the score with 37 seconds left. However, solid ball reversal led to an open Iverson jumper from the right wing, giving the 76ers a two-point lead with 22 seconds left.
Coming out of a timeout, Bryant took the inbounds pass and fired a three- pointer from the left wing that hit the back of the rim. The Lakers' guard has not made a three-point shot all season.
"It was designed for him (Bryant) to catch the ball and find what he could find available," said Lakers head coach Phil Jackson. "I have to give him credit that he can shoot that shot. I have to allow his judgment to be so he felt like he could do that at the time. I wanted him to penetrate."
Bryant took the team's final four shots and was double-teamed on every possession in the final three minutes.
Iverson hit two free throws with four seconds left to ice the game.
After a closely contested opening quarter, the Lakers started the second on a quick 6-0 spurt to take a 31-27 lead.
Another quick Los Angeles run late in the half, a 7-0 scoring stint, broke open a tie game. A Laron Profit jumper was followed by a well-orchestrated alley-oop pass from Parker to Bryant. Devean George then set his feet and hit an open three-pointer off a feed from Bryant to give the Lakers a 44-37 lead with 3:26 left in the half.
A Bryant driving layup at the end of the half gave Los Angeles a 46-42 lead. Bryant hit three second-quarter field goals after not scoring one field goal in the first 18:30.
Mihm scored 12 points and grabbed six boards in the half and Odom chipped in 10 points.
Iverson led all first-half scorers with 17, as both teams shot under 40 percent from the floor.
The Lakers led throughout the third quarter behind six points each from Odom and Mihm. An Odom jump hook in the middle of the lane with 1:07 remaining gave Los Angeles a 69-62 lead that it would take into the final quarter.
The 76ers scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter to tie the game at 69. The Lakers first fourth-quarter field goal came on a Mihm layup off a Bryant assist with 6:32 remaining.
The Lakers were on the third game of a four-game road trip which concludes Monday in Memphis...The 76ers have won three straight over Los Angeles and four of the last five meetings...The game was another homecoming for Bryant, who attended Lower Merion High School near Philadelphia...Mihm had averaged just 6.8 points a game entering the contest...The game featured the league's two leading scorers, Bryant and Iverson.
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