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Despite the Philadelphia 76ers being without their big man phenom, Nerlens Noel, they were still able to dominate the Los Angeles Lakers, thumping them 85-63 Wednesday night to knock them out of the winners bracket.
The 76ers took control of the game in the 2nd quarter, outscoring the Lakers 32-10 and never looked back.
76ers were led by Sean Kilpatrick and former Lakers’ training camp invite, Elijah Millsap, who each finished with 19 points off the bench. Drew Gordon caught an elbow from Lakers forward, Julius Randle, and had to leave the game to get stiches. Gordon returned and contributed by helping clean up the glass for the 76ers, finishing with a game high 10 rebounds.
Julius Randle was impressive despite playing only 20 minutes in the game. Randle again operated from the wing and elbow, facing up and driving to the basket, showing impressive handles for a big guy; he did finish with 3 turnovers, making it 10 total in 3 games. Randle added 10 points and a team high 6 rebounds.
Jordan Clarkson, who came in leading the Lakers in scoring at 18.7 points per game, had his first let down game, finishing with just 11 points on 4 for 10 from the field. Clarkson tied Randle for the team high in rebounds with 6 and added 2 steals.
The 76ers move on in the tournament and play the Chicago Bulls tomorrow. The Lakers with the loss have to settle for the consolation game on Friday where they’ll match up with the Denver Nuggets.