Instant Replay: Sixers 111, Lakers 104

Instant Replay: Sixers 111, Lakers 104

December 30, 2013, 12:00 am
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Thaddeus Young scored a team-high 25 points and pulled down nine rebounds as the Sixers topped the Lakers, 111-104, Sunday night. (USA Today Images)


LOS ANGELES -- The Sixers don’t discuss their road woes, or at least they claim. The outside world was well-aware going into Sunday night’s contest against the Lakers that the Sixers had lost 13 consecutive road games over the last 59 days.

That streak ended Sunday night when the Sixers defeated the Lakers, 111-104, at the Staples Center. The Sixers forced the Lakers into 20 giveaways and held them to 37 percent shooting. The Sixers, conversely, committed a season-low 11 turnovers.

They also welcomed Evan Turner back to the lineup after a one-game absence with a sore right knee.

Turning point
Brandon Davies is liked by the Sixers' coaching staff for his energy, but there are times when he doesn’t channel that energy properly. With 9:44 to play in the fourth quarter, he flew at the Lakers' Ryan Kelly, who was attempting a three-point shot. Kelly didn’t make it, but Davies was whistled for the foul. Kelly made all three free throws, cutting a once 13-point lead to five.

Then, at the 3:45 mark, Michael Carter-Williams fouled Nick Young on what was thought to be a three-point attempt -- with the Sixers leading 100-97. The officials changed the call and awarded Young only two shots.

Those two plays did not allow the Lakers to steal the win from the Sixers, but they were careless and untimely mistakes for a team trying to snap a 13-game losing streak on the road.

Follow the leader
The three veterans were solid for Brett Brown, as they have been more times than not this season. Thaddeus Young scored 25 and grabbed nine rebounds, Spencer Hawes finished with 19 points, eight rebounds and five assists, and Evan Turner tallied 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

Former Sixer Jodie Meeks scored 15 points for the Lakers and Jordan Hill, who was selected eighth overall in the 2009 draft, had his sixth double-double of this season with 18 points and 13 rebounds.

Another former Sixer, Nick Young, finished with a game-high 26.

Carter-Williams had scored in single digits just once in his 18 games played prior to Sunday night. He was coming off a 27-point performance 24 hours earlier, when he attempted a career-high 28 field goal attempts.

Against the Lakers, MCW was 4 for 7 for 13 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals.

He did have his right ankle re-taped early in the fourth, but he did return.

Take a bow
Nick Young played just one season for the Sixers, and despite the Sixers' struggles last year, he became a crowd favorite with his ability to fill it up in a hurry. Fans didn’t seem to mind his streaky shooting -- shooting nights like he had Sunday when he was 6 for 19. Still, thanks to his perfect foul shooting (12 of 12), Swaggy P finished with 26.

What’s next
The Sixers will play at Denver on New Year’s night. The Nuggets are in a bit of a rut, having gone 3-7 in their last 10 games, but they did beat the Sixers in Philadelphia during that stretch, 103-92.

The Sixers did not have Carter-Williams that night, but the Nuggets didn’t have their starting point guard, Ty Lawson, either. Lawson leads the Nuggets in scoring with 17.5 points per game and a team-high eight assists.

Currently, the Nuggets are a game under .500 and out of the Western Conference playoff picture.