Chris Kaman, Ryan Kelly
|W. Johnson||SF||T. Young|
|R. Kelly||PF||E. Turner|
|R. Sacre||C||S. Hawes|
|S. Blake||SG||M. Carter-Williams|
|S. Nash||PG||T. Wroten|
K. Bryant: Knee Out until late February
S. Nash: Back Questionable
S. Blake: Elbow Questionable
X. Henry: Knee Out until early February
J. Farmar: Calf Questionable
P. Gasol: Groin Out until mid-February
J. Hill: Head, Neck Questionable
J. Meeks: Ankle Out until until Feb. 9 aginst Chicago
N. Young: Knee Out until until late February
J. Richardson: Knee Out
A. Moultrie: Ankle Out
B. Davies: Finger Out
N. Noel: Knee Out
Nash Leads Lakers over 76ers
By Rob Maadi | February 06, 2014
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Steve Nash celebrated his 40th birthday with a vintage performance.
Nash scored a season-high 19 points and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 112-98 Friday night.
Wesley Johnson and Chris Kaman each scored 17 and six Lakers finished with double-digit points.
Nash, the oldest player in the NBA, played like the guy who was a two-time NBA MVP a decade ago. He had five assists, four rebounds and shot 8 for 15 in just his eighth game of the season.
"I thought I could play well, I could contribute," he said. "At this point, I don't take anything for granted. It's a grind for me to get ready to play every day. I'm just thrilled I can move out there without restriction and help my team."
In a way, Nash also helped his opponent by putting on a clinic for the younger guys.
"He's a great player, always under control, uses his screens well. I can learn a lot from him," Sixers rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams said.
Tony Wroten scored 16 and Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes each had 15 for Philadelphia, which lost its fifth straight game, seventh in a row at home and 15th of 18 overall.
"It appears we play better on the road," Sixers coach Brett Brown said. "Everybody wants to do better in our city, in front of our fans."
The Lakers won their second straight game after losing seven in a row.
A pair of once-proud franchises that last met in the NBA Finals in 2001, both teams are headed for the draft lottery this season. The Sixers own the league's third-worst record while the Lakers came in tied for seventh-worst.
The Sixers led the entire first half, going up by as many as nine points a few times. Blake hit consecutive 3s for the Lakers to cut it to 64-61 at halftime.
The Lakers took their first lead, 68-67, in the third on Sacre's dunk. They were up 87-82 when Wroten sank a 62-footer at the buzzer. It was his second shot beyond half court in two games. He made a 58-footer to end the third in a loss to Boston on Wednesday.
Los Angeles pulled away early in the fourth. Kaman and Jordan Hill combined for all the points in a 10-0 run that put the Lakers up 101-90 and the Sixers never recovered.
"It feels great to get two wins in a row," Kaman said. "This was satisfying because it was a total team effort. Steve Nash was amazing. He's incredible to do what he does at age 40. He's a true professional and we're lucky to have him."
After finishing Wednesday's win at Cleveland with four healthy players and a guy who fouled out, the Lakers had nine active players against the Sixers. Coach Mike D'Antoni used a little-known NBA rule to keep Robert Sacre on the court after he fouled out against the Cavaliers.
They didn't need any help in Philadelphia. Nash was enough.
"You're around him and you marvel at what he does," D'Antoni said of Nash. "The way he works every day, you watch his speed and he's about the same speed he was at 30 years old. He's not real blinding, but he knows how to play. He plays a little bit, he'll get his legs and he'll start knocking more shots down."
NOTES: The seven straight losses at home are Philadelphia's longest since 1996-97 season. ... Nash was MVP in 2004-05 and 2005-06 with Phoenix. ... The last 40-year-old to score 19 points in a game was also a Laker. Karl Malone had 20 for Los Angeles against Houston on April 1, 2004. ... Lakers guard Kendall Marshall had 10 assists in 20 minutes. The last Laker to do have that many assists in 20 or less minutes was Magic Johnson on March 30, 1989.
All-Time Series Notes: In 2012-13, the Lakers split the season series after losing their
lone meeting with the Sixers in ’11-12, a loss that snapped a four-game win streak against
Philadelphia and marked the Lakers first loss at Wells Fargo Center since 3/9/07 ... This
will be the 271st meeting between the two franchises dating back to 1950 (189th in the Los
Angeles era) and the 163rd since the Sixers moved to Philadelphia prior to the 1963-64
season ... The Lakers are 6-4 against the Sixers in their last 10 overall meetings and 10-3
all-time against Philadelphia at STAPLES Center ... In Philadelphia, the Lakers are 5-5 in
their last 10 visits to the city of brotherly love ... On 12/17/10 in Philadelphia, the Lakers
held the Sixers to 81 points, bettering the old series record of 82 points that was set on
Christmas Day of 2002 ... Kobe Bryant has played 31 games (27 starts) against his
hometown Sixers, averaging 23.6 points per game ... In January of 2006 vs. Philadelphia,
Bryant established a new franchise record for three-point field goals without a miss,
connecting on all seven of his attempts (10th time in NBA history with a minimum of seven
attempts) ... He finished the game with 48 points, one shy of Jerry West’s Lakers’ series
record of 49 points established in February of 1968 ... Additionally, Bryant earned the first
of his four All-Star MVP awards at the 2002 All-Star Game held in Philadelphia.
Connections: Lakers G Jodie Meeks was traded to Philadelphia from Milwaukee during his rookie season in 2009-10, and started 114 of 159 career games with the Sixers and averaged a
career best 10.5 points with Philly in 2010-11 ... Meeks played with current 76ers C Spencer Hawes and F Thaddeus Young on Philadelphia from 2009 to 2012 ... Meeks and 76ers C
Nerlens Noel both played collegiately at Kentucky… Lakers G Nick Young played for the 76ers during the 2012-2013 season ... Lakers assistant Johnny Davis had his first NBA head
coaching job with Philadelphia during the 1996-97 season … Philadelphia G Michael Carter-Williams and Lakers G Wesley Johnson both played collegiately at Syracuse ... Lakers G
Steve Nash played for the Phoenix Suns 2004-2012 where 76ers G Jason Richardson joined him for the seasons of 2008-2010 ... Nash and Philadelphia assistant coach Lloyd Pierce
were collegiate teammates at Santa Clara, leading the Broncos to NCAA tournament berths in 1995 and 1996... 76ers F Hollis Thompson is a Pasadena native, and played for Loyola H.S.
in Los Angeles… 76ers assistant Vance Walberg is from Cupertino, and was the head coach at Pepperdine for two years, from 2006 to 2008.