Process That: Ingram from Lonzo is a game-winner in Philly

From ESPN - December 7, 2017

PHILADELPHIA -- A buzz began circulating in one corner of the Wells Fargo Center, the type of commotion that usually pops up when there's a fight in the stands.

This, though, was not a skirmish. Instead, it was LaVar Ball waving his arms and egging on Philadelphia 76ers fans to keep booing him from where he and his family sat in a box suite.

Philadelphia has a new enemy, and that's the Ball family.

Booing Lonzo Ball just about every time he dribbled the ball and then going at it with LaVar, Sixers fans had The Center feeling as lively as ever. And the play on the court was just as electric.

The Los Angeles Lakers built a 16-point third quarter lead, only to squander it late in the fourth quarter. But with the game tied at 104-104, Ball drove baseline before finding a wide open Brandon Ingram for a game-winning 3-pointer with eight-tenths of a second remaining to lift the Lakers to a 107-104 victory. 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 Lakers (9-15) snapped a five-game losing streak by upsetting the Sixers (13-11).

Ben Simmons finished with a triple-double with 12 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds while Joel Embiid scored 33 points. But Ball nearly had a triple-double of his own with 10 points, eight assists and eight rebounds to go with four blocks and three steals. Ingram scored 21 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had six assists to go with his first game-winner of the season. And Julius Randle was terrific down the stretch with 16 points, giving Embiid and the Sixers fits off pick and rolls.

The Lakers and Sixers have played each other twice this season, and both encounters have proved, if nothing else, that these two teams play some entertaining highlight basketball against one another.

Because the Lakers and Sixers played their two regular-season games against each other before the New Year, the NBA will likely have to wait another year before it gets to see this year's No. 1 and 2 draft picks face each other. Ball did not get to play against top pick Markelle Fultz because of Fultz's shoulder injury.


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