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Friday, February 7th (All times Eastern)

Los Angeles Lakers (17-32) at Philadelphia 76ers (15-35), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Lakers hope to have enough healthy bodies when they close out a three-game road trip Friday against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center.

The Lakers were shorthanded in Wednesday's 119-108 win at Cleveland and started the game with eight healthy players, but injuries took a toll on them despite the victory. With Kobe Bryant (knee) and Pau Gasol (groin) already out, the Lakers didn't have Steve Nash (rest), Xavier Henry (knee), Jodie Meeks (ankle) and Jordan Hill (head/neck).

Nick Young suffered a knee injury and Jordan Farmar was bothered by a calf issue, but had to return to action. Chris Kaman fouled out and Robert Sacre drew his sixth foul, but was able to play after the Lakers accepted a technical foul.

When the dust settled, Ryan Kelly finished with a career-high 26 points, Farmar added 21 and Wesley Johnson scored 20 for the Lakers, who shot 53.2 percent from the field and hit a regulation franchise record 18 3-pointers, going 18-of-37 from downtown. Steve Blake had a triple-double of 11 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds in his second game back from an elbow injury.

"He makes a big difference because he plays hard," Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni said of Blake. "Plays with grit, determination. He doesn't back down."

The 119 points were a season-high for the Lakers, who are 9-19 on the road and halted a seven-game losing streak. They will return home for six straight games after visiting the Sixers.

Philadelphia has lost four straight and seven of eight games, and is coming off Wednesday's 114-108 home loss to the Boston Celtics.

Thaddeus Young led seven players in double figures with 20 points, while Tony Wroten added 18 and Spencer Hawes contributed 13 and 14 rebounds. Evan Turner (12), James Anderson (11), rookie Michael Carter-Williams (11) and LaVoy Allen (10) rounded out the double-digit scorers for the Sixers.

The 76ers were able to fight back and make it interesting at the end, but eventually dropped to 3-14 in their last 17 games.

"Kind of like the story of the year," Hawes said of creeping back. "We battle back, but it takes so much energy to get back into games."

After the Sixers host the Lakers, they will head west to take on the Clippers, Golden State Warriors and Utah Jazz.

Philly has lost 12 of its past 14 home games, including six straight, and is 8-17 overall at Wells Fargo Center this season. The last time the Sixers lost seven in a row at home was during a 12-game drought back on 1996-97.

The 76ers defeated the Lakers 111-104 at Staples Center on Dec. 29 and have won three of the past four matchups in this series. Los Angeles is 5-1 in its last six trips to the City of Brotherly Love.

02/07 10:27:56 ET

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Schedule

Wednesday, April 23Full Scoreboard
Charlotte97Final | Box
Miami «101
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game Two. Miami leads series, 2-0.
Dallas904th Qtr 10:50 | Box
San Antonio75TNT, SunSports, SpSouth
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game Two. San Antonio leads series, 1-0.
Portland201st Qtr 2:56 | Box
Houston23NBA TV, FSN-SW, KTXA
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game Two. Portland leads series, 1-0.
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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
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 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1
 
Final
MIA 101
CHA 97
Final
ATL 3
MIA 1
Final
CHC 5
ARI 7
Final
COL 10
SFG 12
Final
OAK 0
TEX 3
Final
SEA 5
HOU 3
9th
PIT 2
CIN 5
 
9th
CLE 5
KAN 3
 
9th
WAS 1
ANA 4
 
9th
TOR 8
BAL 10
 
Final
DET 4
CWS 6
 
8th
TAM 4
MIN 4
 
8th
BOS 4
NYY 1
 
9th
NYM 3
STL 1
 
7th
MIL 5
SDP 2
 
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
PHI
Final
MIA 101
CHA 97
4th
SAN 75
DAL 90
 
1st
HOU 23
POR 20
 
Final
CLB 4
PIT 3
 
2nd Intermission
DAL 2
ANA 2
 
1st
CHI 0
STL 0
 
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1