PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Steve Nash scored a season-high 19 points and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 112-98 Friday night.
Wesley Johnson and Chris Kaman each scored 17 and six Lakers finished with double-digit points.READ MORE: Trio Of 55-Gallon Drums Found Leaking Motor Oil In Redlands Citrus Grove
Tony Wroten scored 16 and Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes each had 15 for Philadelphia, which lost its fifth straight game, seventh in a row at home and 15th of 18 overall.
The Lakers won their second straight game after losing seven in a row.
A pair of once-proud franchises that last met in the NBA Finals in 2001, both teams are headed for the draft lottery this season. The Sixers own the league’s third-worst record while the Lakers came in tied for seventh-worst.
Nash played more like a guy who was a two-time NBA MVP a decade ago instead of someone celebrating his 40th birthday. He had five assists, four rebounds and shot 8 for 15.READ MORE: LA Facing $550M Revenue Shortfall On Sharp Declines In Transient, Parking Occupancy Taxes
The Sixers led the entire first half, going up by as many as nine points a few times. Blake hit consecutive 3s for the Lakers to cut it to 64-61 at halftime.
The Lakers took their first lead, 68-67, in the third on Sacre’s dunk. They were up 87-82 when Wroten sank a 62-footer at the buzzer. It was his second shot beyond half court in two games. He made a 58-footer to end the third in a loss to Boston on Wednesday.
Los Angeles pulled away early in the fourth. Kaman and Jordan Hill combined for all the points in a 10-0 run that put the Lakers up 101-90 and the Sixers never recovered.
After finishing Wednesday’s win at Cleveland with four healthy players and a guy who fouled out, the Lakers had nine active players against the Sixers. Coach Mike D’Antoni used a little-known NBA rule to keep Robert Sacre on the court after he fouled out against the Cavaliers.
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NOTES: The seven straight losses at home are Philadelphia’s longest since 1996-97 season. … Nash is the NBA’s oldest player. He was MVP in 2004-05 and 2005-06 with Phoenix.