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Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball hooked up to break the 76ers' hearts

08 December 2017

On the latest Lakers Outsiders podcast, the guys get together to talk about the exciting matchup between two of the most promising young cores in the National Basketball Association.

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.

On Thursday night in Philadelphia, Ben Simmons recorded a triple-double and Joel Embiid led all scorers with 33 points, but the Los Angeles Lakers claimed the victory in a flawless advertisment for the team's future. But Ball almost had a triple-double of his own with 10 points, eight assists and eight rebounds to go with four blocks and three steals.

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In the end, it was the Lakers that came out victorious thanks to Brandon Ingram. Ingram probably had the best night of any Laker. 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.

In the second quarter, Laker's Jordan Clarkson scored his first 8 points and helped his team maintain the lead and not let the Sixers get over their score, ending the second with the Lakers leading, 57-49. Those miscues, combined with frequently unfocused defense and an inability to string together multiple positive plays in a row for most of the first 2 1/2 quarters of the game, allowed the Lakers to build an early lead and hold off the Sixers late, giving L.A.'s two highly touted 20-year-olds a chance to hook up on the final possession and send Philly fans home unhappy. Ingram, of course, capped off the performance by draining the three-pointer for the win.

The 76ers trailed by 15 points with 11 minutes, 15 seconds left. As for the Sixers, they've now lost three of their last four games, and have a date with LeBron James and the Cavs on Saturday. Robert Covington finished with 19 points whilst six 76ers finished with double-figures. And Julius Randle was terrific down the stretch with 16 points, giving Embiid and the Sixers fits off pick and rolls.

Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball hooked up to break the 76ers' hearts