Summer League: Sixers cruise to win over Lakers

Summer League: Sixers cruise to win over Lakers
July 17, 2014, 1:00 am
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Brandon Davies makes a pass in the Sixers' 85-63 win over the Lakers. (AP)

The Sixers kept their hopes of winning both summer league titles alive with an 85-63 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in Las Vegas on Wednesday night.

The game marked the Sixers' first matchup in the single-elimination portion of the Las Vegas Summer League. They evened their record at 2-2 with the win and will face the No. 1 seed Chicago Bulls in the second round at 10:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The Sixers were again without key players on Wednesday. Nerlens Noel, K.J. McDaniels and Jordan McRae -- all dealing with ankle sprains -- received the night off against the Lakers.

The Sixers were led in scoring by Sean Kilpatrick and Elijah Millsap with 19 points apiece off the bench. Millsap also registered seven of the Sixers' 14 steals.

Jerami Grant posted 11 points and seven rebounds, while Drew Gordon had eight points and 10 rebounds.

No. 7 overall pick Julius Randle and guard Kevin Murphy paced the Lakers with 12 points each. Randle added six boards and three assists.

Jordan Clarkson also had 11 points and rebounds for the Lakers.

After the two teams played to an even first quarter, the Sixers erupted for 32 points in the second period while holding the Lakers to just 10 to hold a 22-point advantage at halftime. The Lakers found a rhythm in the third quarter to cut the deficit to seven, but the Sixers steadied themselves in the fourth and cruised victory.

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