The Philadelphia 76ers needed some heroics to put away the defending champions and Tobias Harris stepped up.
Leading into this game, Harris already had three game-winning buzzer-beaters to his name and in this game, he knocked down a clutch jumper over Alex Caruso to give the 76ers a 107-106 lead with only 3.0 seconds remaining on the game clock.
The Los Angeles Lakers didn't have another timeout and the Harris jumper sealed the win. It improved the 76ers league-best home record to 10-1.
The 76ers are 10-0 with their starting five.- StatMuse (@statmuse) January 28, 2021
They hand the Lakers their first road loss this season. pic.twitter.com/sosVNuMZuG
It snapped the visitor's unbeaten 10-0 road start to the season - one that they had made a furious comeback late to protect.
Prior to Harris' jumper, the 76ers were in danger of losing this one after squandering a 14-point lead in the final minutes.
They led for a majority of this game but over the final five minutes, excluding the game-winner, the hosts were outscored 20-5 including a 13-0 run that gave the Lakers the lead.
LAKERS TAKE THE LEAD WITH 5 SECONDS LEFT 🚨 pic.twitter.com/h3G1yUORjK- ESPN (@espn) January 28, 2021
Then, the league's best defensive team in the league - the Lakers - just needed one stop to cap-off the comeback and extend their road win streak.
But Harris answered the call in the clutch, showing off his improved play this season. Despite playing lesser minutes to last season, Harris is averaging a career-high 20.1 points while shooting career-highs of 52.5% from the field and 46.1% from beyond the arc.
He is one of only two players in the league to average 20 points and five rebounds while recording shooting splits of 50/45 this season. In this one, he finished with 24 on 10-of-16 shooting from the field.
He was one of four in double figures for Philadelphia. Joel Embiid led the way with 28 while Ben Simmons recorded his 31st career triple-double with 17 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists.
For the Lakers, who will now continue their long road trip in Detroit, LeBron James led the way with 34 points, six rebounds, and six assists.
This victory was the Philly franchise's third straight at home against the Lakers, their longest such streak since 2007.
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