NBA

more stats

111
Final 1234Score
Philadelphia20323425111
LA Lakers22302527104
Preview | Matchup | Lineup | Wrap | Box
104


NBA Preview from The Sports Network



Sunday, December 29th (All times Eastern)

Philadelphia 76ers (8-21) at Los Angeles Lakers (13-17), 9:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Lakers are better known as the walking wounded lately and hope to stop a season-long four-game losing streak Sunday versus the road-weary Philadelphia 76ers.

The Lakers are already without Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Steve Blake, and may not have big men Pau Gasol and Chris Kaman versus the Sixers. Gasol is battling an upper respiratory infection and Kaman has a sprained ankle. Both are game-time decisions.

Los Angeles is opening a four-game homestand Sunday and will also welcome Milwaukee, Utah and Denver to Staples Center. It is 7-7 in L.A. this season and dropped a 105-103 decision to the Jazz Friday night. Jazz forward Derrick Favors helped the hosts to the win on a tip-in slam with 2.1 seconds remaining. Jodie Meeks' desperate 3-point attempt was off the mark.

Nick Young led the Lakers with 21 points off the bench before fouling out with 5:45 left in the fourth quarter. Kaman had 19 points and 10 boards, while Jordan Hill and Jordan Farmar netted 16 points apiece in the setback. Hill scored four points in a row at one moment to make 103-103.

Favors did the rest against a Lakers team that shot 50 percent from the field and had six players score in double-figures.

"We just didn't play good," said Kaman. "We did some decent things, but in the second half we just couldn't get any stops."

The Lakers used their sixth different lineup in as many days (15 total). L.A. last lost five in a row during a six-game skid from Jan. 1 - 11, 2013.

Young, meanwhile, is a former Sixer and has scored 20 or more points in five of his last seven games. He leads the Lakers with 15.9 ppg and averaged 10.6 ppg in 59 games with Philly last season.

Philadelphia dropped to 0-2 on a six-game road trip with Saturday's 115-101 loss against the Phoenix Suns. The defeat spoiled a 30-point, 10-rebound performance from Thaddeus Young, while rookie Michael Carter-Williams netted 27 points to go with six rebounds, six assists and four steals.

Tony Wroten added 22 points off the bench for the Sixers, who shot 38.9 percent for the game and have dropped 13 straight on the road. The 76ers haven't tasted victory outside of Philadelphia since their first away game -- a 109-102 win in Washington on Nov. 1 -- and lost 15 in a row as the guest from Jan. 2 - March 21, 2013.

"Defensively we just have a long way to go. I don't think we made a step forward," 76ers coach Brett Brown said. "I'm greedy. I want to see an immediate result on defense."

The Sixers, losers in 17 of 20 games overall, are the worst in opponents' scoring at 111.8 points per game. But the Lakers are third-to-last in that category, allowing 103.4 ppg.

Philly will also visit Denver, Sacramento and Portland on the trip and may not have forward Evan Turner Sunday because of a sore knee. Turner hasn't played since last Saturday in a loss at Milwaukee.

The 76ers and Lakers split a pair of meetings a season ago with each team winning on the road. Los Angeles is 10-4 in the past 14 overall meetings between the teams and 10-3 over the previous 13 at Staples Center.

12/29 10:17:44 ET

Other Stories

Schedule

Tuesday, April 15Full Scoreboard
New York «109Final | Box
Brooklyn98
Denver105Final | Box
LA Clippers «117
Full Scoreboard

Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 33 .593 --- 26-15 22-18 32-19 W 2
x-Brooklyn 44 37 .543 4 28-13 16-24 26-25 L 1
New York 36 45 .444 12 18-22 18-23 25-26 W 3
Boston 25 56 .309 23 16-24 9-32 21-30 L 1
Philadelphia 18 63 .222 30 10-31 8-32 13-38 W 1
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 55 26 .679 --- 35-6 20-20 37-14 W 1
x-Chicago 48 33 .593 7 27-14 21-19 35-16 W 1
Cleveland 32 49 .395 23 18-22 14-27 20-31 L 2
Detroit 29 52 .358 26 17-24 12-28 23-29 L 3
Milwaukee 15 66 .185 40 10-30 5-36 12-39 L 2
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 27 .667 --- 32-8 22-19 34-17 L 2
x-Washington 43 38 .531 11 22-19 21-19 32-19 W 3
x-Charlotte 42 39 .519 12 24-16 18-23 29-22 W 2
x-Atlanta 37 44 .457 17 24-17 13-27 27-24 L 1
Orlando 23 58 .284 31 19-21 4-37 17-34 L 3
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 58 23 .716 --- 33-7 25-16 36-16 L 2
x-Portland 53 28 .654 5 30-10 23-18 30-21 W 4
Minnesota 40 41 .494 18 24-16 16-25 23-28 L 2
Denver 36 45 .444 22 22-18 14-27 20-31 L 1
Utah 24 57 .296 34 16-25 8-32 12-39 L 5
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 24 .704 --- 34-7 23-17 36-15 W 2
x-Golden State 50 31 .617 7 27-14 23-17 30-21 W 1
Phoenix 47 34 .580 10 26-15 21-19 27-24 L 3
Sacramento 28 53 .346 29 17-23 11-30 15-36 W 1
LA Lakers 26 55 .321 31 14-27 12-28 14-37 W 1
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 19 .765 --- 32-8 30-11 38-13 L 1
x-Houston 54 27 .667 8 33-8 21-19 31-20 W 2
x-Dallas 49 32 .605 13 26-15 23-17 29-22 W 1
x-Memphis 49 32 .605 13 26-14 23-18 28-23 W 4
New Orleans 33 48 .407 29 21-19 12-29 14-37 W 1
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
  • NASL: RailHawks vs. Ft. Lauderdale

    Saturday at 7:30 am on WRAL-2

  • PGA: RBC Heritage

    Saturday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • PGA: RBC Heritage

    Sunday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Canes head coach Kirk Muller presser

    Today at 11:00 am on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 2
DUR 9
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
CHI
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
7:05pm Tuesday
PHI 0
ATL 0
7:05pm Tuesday
NYY 0
CHC 0
7:05pm Tuesday
BAL 0
TAM 0
7:08pm Tuesday
DET 0
CLE 0
Final
CIN 7
PIT 5
Final
MIA 11
WAS 2
Final
TEX 5
SEA 0
Final
CWS 2
BOS 1
Final
HOU 2
KAN 4
Final
MIL 1
STL 6
Final
MIN 3
TOR 9
Final
ARI 0
NYM 9
Final
ANA 9
OAK 10
Final
SDP 2
COL 3
Final
SFG 3
LOS 2
12:35pm Today
CIN
PIT
12:35pm Today
BAL
TAM
 
1:05pm Today
NYY
CHC
 
1:10pm Today
MIL
STL
 
3:40pm Today
ARI
NYM
 
7:05pm Tonight
PHI
ATL
 
7:05pm Tonight
NYY
CHC
 
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CLE
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIA
WAS
 
8:05pm Tonight
TEX
SEA
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
10:05pm Tonight
ANA
OAK
 
10:10pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
10:15pm Tonight
SFG
LOS
 
Final
BRK 98
NYK 109
Final
LAC 117
DEN 105
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
CHI
 
7:00pm Tonight
ORL
IND
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIL
ATL
 
8:00pm Tonight
CLE
BRK
 
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
DAL
 
8:00pm Tonight
OKC
DET
 
8:00pm Tonight
NOP
HOU
 
8:00pm Tonight
SAN
LAL
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIA
PHI
 
8:00pm Tonight
NYK
TOR
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
UTA
 
8:00pm Tonight
BOS
WAS
 
10:30pm Tonight
DEN
GSW
 
10:30pm Tonight
POR
LAC
 
10:30pm Tonight
SAC
PHO
 
7:00pm Tonight
TAM
MON
7:30pm Tonight
PIT
CLB
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
DAL
Final
CHR 2
DUR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR