Joel Embiid scored 33 points and blocked five shots for the 76ers. Simmons came up a rebound shy of a triple-double and added five steals in a 115-109 win at Los Angeles on November 15 while Ball was held to two points on 1-of-9 shooting and two assists in 21 minutes.
The 76ers late fightback was led by Embiid, who grabbed 16 points in the final quarter. It was the first game-winning three-pointer by the Lakers since former Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell's made three against the Timberwolves in April. The Australia native is shooting 50.3 percent from the floor while averaging 18 points, 9.3 rebounds, 7.1 assists and 2.3 steals. The Sixers' attempt at an answer on the other end - a quick inbounds for a Richaun Holmes heave - didn't even approach the rim, and the Lakers had sealed a 107-104 win and secured a measure of revenge after Embiid's monster game in L.A. last month. Ball saw Brandom Ingram outside the arc and sent the chest pass to the second-year Laker. Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle netted 16 points apiece off the bench whilst rookie, Lonzo Ball finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, just short of a triple-double.
Eight nights ago, LaVar Ball made headlines - quelle surprise! - for telling ESPN that the Los Angeles Lakers blew their chance to knock off the defending champions when head coach Luke Walton called a timeout in the closing seconds of regulation. "You got to move onto the next play, got to move onto the next game".
This time around, Ball played much better.
But Simmons was better, compiling his third career triple-double well before the game was over. Ingram, of course, capped off the performance by draining the three-pointer for the win. "He doesn't let anybody tell him to get away from his stuff".
Los Angeles Lakers Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, right, goes up to shoot with Philadelphia 76ers Amir Johnson, left, defending during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in Philadelphia. "He is a great passer, rebounder and does all the little things".