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  • Writer's pictureBruno Asoka

Joel Embiid's double-double leads 76ers past Lakers in OT

76ers recovered in overtime to defeat Lakers 133-122 after blowing a nine-point lead with barely half a minute to end of regulation time.

Joel Embiid had 38 points and 12 rebounds and Melton scored a career-high 33 points off the bench for the 76ers

LeBron James scored 23 points for the Lakers, while Anthony Davis scored 21 of his 31 total points in the fourth quarter and finished with 12 rebounds. Davis (illness) and James (sore left ankle) both missed Tuesday's loss in Toronto.

James persevered despite being injured, but he only made 9 of 22 shots and 7 of 8 3-point attempts.

As the only Laker to have a triple-double off the bench, Russell Westbrook joined Magic Johnson as he ended  with 12 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists.

With two and a half minutes left in the game, the Lakers were down 12 points, but they came back thanks to crucial baskets and expensive Sixers fouls. With one minute left, James completed a three-point play to push the Lakers' lead to 115-110.

Austin Reaves buried a 3 with 12 seconds left that pulled the Lakers to 119-117 and got a tremendous rise out of the Lakers fans well represented in the crowd. Down 120-117, Reaves was fouled by Matisse Thybulle on a 3-point attempt. He made the first two free throws and missed the third.

Davis then was fouled by Tobias Harris with 3.7 seconds left. Davis missed one of two that made it 120-all and sent the game into OT.

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