LOS ANGELES – – Danny Green hit eight 3-pointers and scored 28 points against his former team, and the Philadelphia 76ers weathered Los Angeles’ late rally for their fourth straight victory, 109-101 over the slumping Lakers on Thursday night.
When asked why he played so well against the team that traded him, Green replied: “Coincidence? Possibly. Probably.”
The Lakers traded Green in the offseason to acquire Dennis Schröder, who had 20 points and a season-high 11 assists in Los Angeles’ fourth consecutive loss. “We’re trying to compete, play the right way and win some basketball games. We’re in a tough patch right now. We’ve lost a couple of games, but we’re not going to stop, and we’re going to fight.”
Philadelphia led by 18 points in the second half after dominating the third quarter, but the Lakers made a late 18-6 run to trim the margin to 102-98 with 2:20 to play. Marc Gasol had five points in his first game for the Lakers since February following a nine-game absence under the NBA’s health and safety protocols.