Lin’s season-high 29 points help Lakers beat 76ers
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jeremy Lin scored a season-high 29 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 101-87 on Sunday night in the first meeting of the season between two of the NBA's worst teams.
Thomas Robinson had 14 points off the bench for the 76ers, who shot just 36 percent and were outrebounded 52-39.
The 76ers, coming off home victories over the Pistons and Knicks, haven't won three in a row since a four-game stretch that began with a road win over the Lakers on Dec. 29, 2013.
Philadelphia took a 75-74 lead into the fourth quarter but missed 12 of its next 13 shots while the Lakers opened the period with a 20-4 run that built them a 94-79 cushion with 4:19 to play.
Lin fueled the rally with 12 points. The Sixers went 7 minutes without a field goal until Hollis Thompson - the sixth and last player off the Philadelphia bench - hit a 3-pointer with 3:20 remaining.
The 76ers (17-53) have lost to 26 of the 29 opponents on their schedule. They won both games against Minnesota, and they have one more game left against Sacramento and Denver - whom they have each already beaten once.
76ers: Coach Brett Brown took a 20-second timeout just 1:12 into the game with a 4-0 deficit and requested another with 1:02 left in the game and his team down by 15. ... The 76ers' 53 losses are just three more than the Lakers have, despite the fact that Philadelphia started the season 0-17. ... The Sixers are 2-35 when allowing 100 or more points.
Lakers: Coach Byron Scott, whose mother Dorothy died on March 15 at age 72, will miss the first two games of the road trip to attend her funeral on Wednesday in Southern California. His plans are to rejoin the team in Toronto on Thursday, the day before they play the Raptors. Assistant coach Paul Pressey will call the shots in Scott's absence. The Lakers are the seventh team he has served in this capacity, starting with the Golden State Warriors in 1992-93. ... The last time the Lakers faced the 76ers was Feb. 7, 2014, when Steve Nash scored 19 points on his 40th birthday in a 112-98 win at Philadelphia. ... Nash, who played in only 15 regular-season games for Scott, was a topic of conversation the day after he announced his retirement after 17-plus seasons in the NBA. "He's just an unbelievable person, along with being an unbelievable basketball player," Scott said. "I think he kind of changed the game. It's more of a point guard league now. Steve was just one of those unique point guards that was able to dribble a lot, shoot it from anywhere and score. But he had more fun passing the ball. He's one of the smartest point guards I've ever seen, too."
76ers: At Sacramento on Tuesday.
Lakers: At Oklahoma City on Tuesday.
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