Brandon Ingram has a career-best scoring night, but Lakers fall to 76ers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBut it wasn’t just raw numbers, it was style: Ingram injected life into a game that the Lakers (26-25) mostly got pounded in, making 10 straight shots during one crucial stretch. He dunked on the fast break. He spun for layups. When the Sixers swarmed him, he found outlets for five assists.There was something even more uncommon, too. After a second-quarter jam in which Ingram soared over former teammate Corey Brewer, he stopped to flex – a playful display of emotion, but a display of emotion nonetheless from the usually soft-spoken third-year player with a hawk-like wingspan.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.In the long run, the game changed little: The Lakers slid to 6-11 without LeBron James, their sidelined All-Star, as they took another stumble in the Western Conference standings race. Talk of a possible megadeal for New Orleans big man Anthony Davis – with Ingram as a possible trade chip – will continue with white-hot intensity at least until the Feb. 7 trade deadline (and possibly beyond).But at least the performance sparked some memory of what the Lakers saw in Ingram back when they drafted him No. 2 overall in 2016: a potentially lethal scorer.With James, Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma all sidelined, Ingram again was the focal point on offense, particularly for a fast-break attack that started sputtering but gained steam as the night went on. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers PreviousThe Lakers’ Rajon Rondo #9 lays the ball up as the 76ers’ Joel Embiid #21 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Rajon Rondo #9 shoots as 76ers’ Joel Embiid #21 and Wilson Chandler #22 look on during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe Lakers’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 lays the ball up as the 76ers’ Joel Embiid #21 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The 76ers’ JJ Redick #17 reacts during their game against the Lakers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Lakers head coach Luke Walton during their game against the 76ers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Brandon Ingram #14 shoots during their game against the 76ers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Lance Stephenson #6 shoots during their game against the 76ers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The 76ers’ T.J. McConnell #12 reacts after scoring and gettin the foul call during their game against the Lakers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The 76ers’ Ben Simmons #25 dunks the ball as Lakers’ Josh Hart #3 and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk look on during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ JaVale McGee #7 grabs a rebound during their game against the 76ers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk #10 goes to the hoop as 76ers’ Mike Muscala #31 and T.J. McConnell #12 look on during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ JaVale McGee #7 shoots as the 76ers’ Mike Muscala #31 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ JaVale McGee #7 shoots as the 76ers’ Mike Muscala #31 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Josh Hart #3 and Brandon Ingram #14 battle for a loose ball with the 76ers’ Jimmy Butler #23 during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Brandon Ingram #14 smiles at the 76ers’ Wilson Chandler #22 during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Brandon Ingram, center, battles for the ball with the 76ers’ JJ Redick, left, and Wilson Chandler during Tuesday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Josh Hart #3 shoots during their game against the 76ers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Rajon Rondo #9 shoots as the 76ers’ Mike Muscala #31 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Josh Hart #3 lays the ball up as the 76ers’ Mike Muscala #31 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ LeBron James reacts during their game against the 76ers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Brandon Ingram #14 dunks the ball over the 76ers’ Corey Brewer #00 during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Brandon Ingram #14 dunks the ball over the 76ers’ Corey Brewer #00 during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Brandon Ingram #14 dunks the ball over the 76ers’ Corey Brewer #00 during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Brandon Ingram #14 taunts the 76ers’ Corey Brewer #00 after Ingram dunked over him during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ LeBron James reacts after Brandon Ingram #14 dunked the ball over the 76ers’ Corey Brewer #00 during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Josh Hart #3 reacts after being called for a foul during their game against the 76ers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Josh Hart #3 reacts after being called for a foul during their game against the 76ers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Lakers head coach Luke Walton during their game against the 76ers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid, center, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee, right, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Philadelphia 76ers guard Jimmy Butler, right, gets a hand to the face as he tires to shoot while Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, right, shoots as Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, right, has the ball stripped from hi by Philadelphia 76ers forward Wilson Chandler during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Michael Beasley, left, shoots as Philadelphia 76ers guard Jimmy Butler defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 29: Brett Brown of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts from the bench during the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart shoots as Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, left, passes the ball as Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, left, loses control of the ball as Philadelphia 76ers forward Wilson Chandler defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Philadelphia 76ers guard Jimmy Butler, left, goes up for a dunk as Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid, right, tries to shoot as Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, right, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, left, and Philadelphia 76ers guard Jimmy Butler reach for a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 29: Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers dunks ahead of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on January 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 29: Wilson Chandler #22 of the Philadelphia 76ers and Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers reach for a rebound during the first half at Staples Center on January 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 29: Brandon Ingram #14 celebrates his dunk over Corey Brewer #00 of the Philadelphia 76ers with Josh Hart #3 during the first half at Staples Center on January 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, left, reaches for the ball held by Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 29: Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers and JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers reach for a rebound during the first half at Staples Center on January 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 29: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers watches play from the bench during the first half against the Philadelphia 76ers at Staples Center on January 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 29: Jimmy Butler #23 of the Philadelphia 76ers dunks in front of Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on January 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 29: Luke Walton of the Los Angeles Lakers speaks with his coaching staff during the first half against the Philadelphia 76ers at Staples Center on January 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 29: Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers attempts a shot in front of JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on January 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 29: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers attempts a layup in front of JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Mike Muscala #31 during the first half at Staples Center on January 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Actor Kevin Hart applauds during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, left, shoots as Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. The 76ers won 121-105. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James bounces a ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart, left, shoots as Philadelphia 76ers forward Mike Muscala defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. The 76ers won 121-105. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. The 76ers won 121-105. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee, left, and Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid go after a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. The 76ers won 121-105. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. The 76ers won 121-105. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, left, and Philadelphia 76ers guard T.J. McConnell go after a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. The 76ers won 121-105. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 29: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts as he is fouled by Lance Stephenson #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers as Josh Hart #3 and Tyson Chandler #5 trail the play during a 121-105 76ers win at Staples Center on January 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 29: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts as he is fouled by Lance Stephenson #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on January 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 29: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers gets fouled by Tyson Chandler #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on January 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 29: Brandon Ingram #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers spins from Corey Brewer #00 of the Philadelphia 76ers during a 121-105 76ers win at Staples Center on January 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 29: Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers celebrates a lead with Mike Muscala #31 after a timeout during a 121-105 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 29: Josh Hart #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives on JJ Redick #17 of the Philadelphia 76ers during a 121-105 win at Staples Center on January 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid goes up for a dunk as Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. The 76ers won 121-105. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The 76ers’ Joel Embiid #21 attempts the dunk and hurts his back on the play during their game against the Lakers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. The 76ers defeated the Lakers 121-105. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 29: during a 121-105 win at Staples Center on January 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid goes down awkwardly after attempting to dunk during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. The 76ers won 121-105. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid goes down awkwardly after attempting to dunk during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. The 76ers won 121-105. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid goes down awkwardly after attempting to dunk during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. The 76ers won 121-105. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 29: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers reaches for his back after a failed dunk, in front of Ben Simmons #25, during a 121-105 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The 76ers’ Joel Embiid #21 holds his back after attempting a slam-dunk during their game against the Lakers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. The 76ers defeated the Lakers 121-105. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid winces after going down awkwardly while attempting to dunk during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. The 76ers won 121-105. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The 76ers’ Joel Embiid #21 holds his back after attempting a slam-dunk during their game against the Lakers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. The 76ers defeated the Lakers 121-105. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 29: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts to his three pointer during a 121-105 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 29: Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk #10 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots over Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers during a 121-105 76ers win at Staples Center on January 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 29: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers shoots a fadeaway jumper in front of Tyson Chandler #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 121-105 win at Staples Center on January 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 29: Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers and JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers reach for a rebound during a 121-105 76ers win at Staples Center on January 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 29: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers keeps the ball from a diving JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 121-105 76ers win at Staples Center on January 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The 76ers’ Joel Embiid #21 drives to the hoop as the Lakers’ JaVale McGee #7 looks on during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. The 76ers defeated the Lakers 121-105. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ JaVale McGee #7 and the 76ers’ JJ Redick #17 go after a loose ball during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. The 76ers defeated the Lakers 121-105. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ JaVale McGee #7 hangs his head as he walks off the court after time expired during their game against the 76ers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. The 76ers defeated the Lakers 121-105. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Lakers players sit on the bench late in the game against the 76ers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. The 76ers defeated the Lakers 121-105. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The 76ers’ Jimmy Butler #23 lays the ball up as the Lakers’ Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. The 76ers defeated the Lakers 121-105. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The 76ers’ Jimmy Butler #23 lays the ball up as the Lakers’ Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. The 76ers defeated the Lakers 121-105. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The 76ers’ Jimmy Butler #23 shoots as Lakers’ Josh Hart #3 and Brandon Ingram #14 defend during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. The 76ers defeated the Lakers 121-105. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The 76ers’ Ben Simmons #25 passes the ball behind his back as the Lakers’ JaVale McGee #7 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. The 76ers defeated the Lakers 121-105. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The 76ers’ Ben Simmons #25 shoots as the Lakers’ Ivica Zubac #40 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. The 76ers defeated the Lakers 121-105. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The 76ers’ Ben Simmons #25 dunks the ball during their game against the lakers during at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. The 76ers defeated the Lakers 121-105. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The 76ers’ Ben Simmons #25 dunks the ball during their game against the lakers during at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. The 76ers defeated the Lakers 121-105. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Lakers head coach Luke Walton during their game against the 76ers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. The 76ers defeated the Lakers 121-105. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 29: Brandon Ingram #14 and JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers react after a timeout trailing the Philadelphia 76ers during a 121-105 76ers win at Staples Center on January 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 29: Ben Simmons #25 and Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers watch play in the final minutes during a 121-105 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 29: JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts with his team trailing the Philadelphia 76ers during a 121-105 76ers win at Staples Center on January 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The Lakers’ Rajon Rondo #9 lays the ball up as the 76ers’ Joel Embiid #21 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 95The Lakers’ Rajon Rondo #9 lays the ball up as the 76ers’ Joel Embiid #21 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — With trade rumors nipping at his heels and so many teammates on the shelf, Brandon Ingram has never faced more uncertainty in his still-young career.That context is important in the Lakers’ 121-105 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night. Because even against a murderer’s row of talent, even without the kind of scoring help he’s been used to this year, the 21-year-old forward balled out.By many measures except the result, it was the best game of Ingram’s career: He scored 36 points on 16-for-20 shooting, commanding and succeeding despite double-teams as the Sixers couldn’t seem to find any way to stop him. Though many would slight him for his shot selection, it only served to add to the feat that he piled up a personal best without attempting a 3-pointer.“(It is about) believing in all the shots that I take,” he said. “Getting to the basket, getting to the free-throw line. Whatever is taking the best shot for our team.” How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years It would have been a surprise had they cruised to victory against a team with three potential All-Stars, but the Lakers were lifeless in the first quarter, allowing the Sixers to build a 27-11 advantage, during which they scored 17 points in transition. With Ben Simmons and Jimmy Butler poking out steals and running the break, it was looking like an early night at Staples Center.Luke Walton said he scolded the team, including Ingram, for the nine turnovers they gave up in that quarter. Trailing by 19 after just one, they never quite recovered, but he thought it was telling that Ingram, in particular, responded with gusto.“To me, that shows a lot of growth,” he said. “That I can get on him, yell at him for something like that, and then he can lock in and continue to follow the game plan and elevate his game as he goes.”In just his third game back from injury, veteran point guard Rajon Rondo (11 assists) helped spur the Lakers into form, leading to a 16-0 run capped by a three-point play by Ingram on a furious dunk. It closed a 24-point gap to just nine. The Lakers wound up with 32 points on the fast break.Ingram later found success with the mid-range game that is more characteristic of his attack. Pull-up jumpers and turnaround stepbacks, by and large, all fell. By game’s end, Ingram was 9 for 12 on his jumpers, and 7 for 8 at the rim.“It’s about his rhythm,” Rondo said. “He taught me a long time ago, probably the first two, three games of the season that he feels he can score the ball against anyone and that’s his mindset going into every game. I just try to put him in positions where he can get to the spots, but obviously, it’s on him.”Related Articlescenter_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs But several powerful factors restrained any hope of a Lakers comeback. Again, the Lakers were dry from 3-point range (7 for 23) while the Sixers were able to knock down 15 3-pointers. Their self-inflicted turnover wound never fully healed: They gave up 21 in the game (15 before halftime), which led to 34 Sixers points.Then, there was Joel Embiid.The 76ers’ All-Star big man had a somewhat pedestrian shooting night, but the Lakers couldn’t keep him off the free-throw line, where he shot 12 for 15. He finished with a team-high 28 points. Simmons’ 19 points and Butler’s 18 points also helped.The best scoring assistance Ingram had came from center JaVale McGee, looking his best since he returned from a fight with pneumonia a month ago. He had 17 points, 14 rebounds and a pair of blocked shots.The prevailing feeling in the Lakers’ locker room afterward was one of hope: Having a big game from Ingram is nice, but the Lakers are hoping that the window when they can pair it with another star performance is close at hand when James and Kuzma return.“It’s next man up,” Josh Hart said, “but we’d love to have those guys (back).” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img