Basketball: The Los Angeles Lakers lose due to LeBron James’ injury; Steph Curry leads the Golden State Warriors to victory

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Source: Skysports

Basketball: Joel Embiid scored 26 points to lead the Philadelphia 76ers past the Los Angeles Lakers without LeBron James, while Stephen Curry and Andrew Wiggins, both newly named All-Stars, combined for 11 3-pointers against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 87-105

The host Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 105-87 thanks to Joel Embiid’s 26 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, and two blocked shots.

The Sixers got 23 points from Tobias Harris, 14 points and 10 assists from Tyrese Maxey, and 14 points and 10 assists from Georges Niang. Due to pain in his left knee, Lakers star LeBron James did not participate.

Russell Westbrook scored 20 points, while Anthony Davis led the Lakers with 31 points, 12 rebounds, and four blocked shots. Malik Monk had 11 as well.

Early in the second quarter, Philadelphia led by 12, but Davis knocked down a dunk with 3:27 left in the period to pull the Lakers within 46-41.

On the Sixers’ next possession, Embiid answered with a 15-foot shot. At halftime, the Sixers were up 54-48, thanks in large part to Embiid’s 13 points. Davis had a fantastic first half for the Lakers, scoring 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting.

With 6:07 left in the third quarter, the Sixers came out strong and extended their lead to 70-58 after Harris hit a 3-pointer from the corner.

Anthony looked to engage a few of the spectators courtside with 7:01 left before referee Leon Wood came in to intervene. The two fans appeared to have been dismissed.

Minnesota Timberwolves 124-115 Golden State Warriors

Stephen Curry and Andrew Wiggins, both newly named All-Star starters, combined for 11 3-pointers, and Klay Thompson added five of his own as the Golden State Warriors defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 124-115 in San Francisco.

The Warriors won their fourth straight game and fifth out of six on a seven-game homestand with Curry scoring 29 points, Thompson 23 points, and Wiggins 19 points.

Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with 31 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists, despite the loss of D’Angelo Russell to a shin injury in the third quarter.

The Warriors continued where they left off against the Timberwolves, sinking 21 of 36 3-point attempts after breaking out of a 3-point shooting slump by making 17 of 43 in a 130-92 home win against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday.

The Warriors’ 58.3 per cent accuracy rate from beyond the arc was their best of the season, and their 21 made threes tied for second-most in the league.

Curry, who was named to his ninth All-Star team earlier in the day when the starters for the February 10 showcase were announced, hit 6-for-10 from three-point range to account for the majority of his points.

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