By Harry Allison

The Sixers got a career-high 29 points from rookie Dario Saric (above) and 23 from Jahlil Okafor to edge the Los Angeles Lakers 118-116 last night in L. A..

The teams are in a battle for the worse record. If the Lakers end up with one of the three worst records in the NBA this season, they get to retain their No. 1 draft pick. If they’re out of the bottom three, it goes to the 76ers.

The 20-46 Lakers currently have the league’s second-worst record. With the victory, the 76ers went to 24-43, now tied with the Orlando Magic for the fourth-worst mark.

A loss would have left them just one game ahead of the Lakers with 16 to play.

“I don’t think like that at all,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said. “Anybody who sees us play understands we play a certain way and our guys play to win. It’s really that simple.”

Both young teams continue to play hard, but the 76ers made the headier plays down the stretch.

Sparked by Jordan Clarkson’s career-high 30 points and eight assists off the bench, the Lakers overcame a 12-point Philly lead in the second half. Clarkson’s 12-foot jumper gave the Lakers a 112-111 lead with 1:12 to play.

But T.J. McConnell 10-foot fallaway put the 76ers back up for good. Down by one with 31.8 seconds left, but with only 5 left on the 24-second clock, the Lakers called timeout.

D’Angelo Russell said he did not realize the clock situation and took too long to shoot, the Lakers turning the ball over on a 24-second violation. Philly iced the win with free throws.

The Lakers also had 21 points and 12 rebounds from Julius Randle, while the 76ers got 18 points from Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot.

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