By Tommy Matthews

The Sixers west coast trip continued Sunday night with a win over the Lakers, whose Russell Westbrook did what he does best:


Joel Embiid had 35 points and 11 rebounds and the Sixers held on for a 113-112 win, their seventh in nine games.

Westbrook failed to get off a clean shot or a pass in the final second under defense from Embiid, allowing the 76ers to hold on for their fourth straight road win. Westbrook claimed he was fouled by Embiid, who disagreed.

LeBron James put up 35 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds for the depleted Lakers, who have lost three straight after a five-game winning streak. James surpassed 38,000 points with a jumper that was part of his 8-for-9 start with 16 points in the first quarter.

James Harden added 24 points and 13 assists for Philadelphia, which swept the season series and beat Los Angeles for the sixth straight time.

“Wasn’t one of our better games, especially defensively,” 76ers coach Doc Rivers said. “We had no pace. We were tired. As a coach, you’re saying, ‘Let’s just get to the fourth quarter and see if we can win it.’”

Georges Niang hit a 3-pointer on an assist from Embiid with 1:28 left to put Philadelphia up 111-109. A lengthy video review then overruled a call and resulted in a turnover for James before Embiid drained a 14-foot jumper with 45 seconds left.

Troy Brown Jr. hit a corner 3-pointer to trim Philly’s lead to one point, and Embiid missed a jumper with Westbrook in his face.

The Lakers didn’t called timeout as Westbrook drove to the hoop with a chance to win it. He couldn’t get off a shot or a pass, with an apparent crosscourt pass attempt deflecting off Niang’s hands before time ran out.

“(Embiid) was grabbing my wrist,” Westbrook said. “I couldn’t get my hand up to shoot. … Couldn’t get the ball up. It’s frustrating, but I know the game didn’t come down to that one shot.”

Embiid disagreed with Westbrook’s claim about the final possession.

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