Saturday, April 21, 2018
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76ers end skid in Kobe's hometown finale

PHILADELPHIA — Kobe Bryant breezed through the 76ers locker room and said to no one in particular, "Keep it going, guys."

His homecoming game spoiled, Bryant said one final goodbye to Philly, which is winless no more.

The 76ers said good riddance to the longest losing streak in major U.S. professional sports, 28 games dating to last season and 0 for 18 to begin this one.

With the spotlight on Bryant during the final game of his career in his hometown, the Sixers stole the show and defeated the Lakers 103-91 on Tuesday night.

"Finally," forward Nerlens Noel said.

Bryant, who will end his 20-year career this season, felt the love as soon as he entered the arena. He took selfies with fans, and his presence injected a playoff atmosphere into a city that has lost much of its passion in NBA basketball.

With a packed crowd standing and roaring in appreciation, Bryant was lauded like a hometown hero.

"I wasn't expecting that type of reaction, ovation," he said. "Deeply appreciative beyond belief. It was really, really special."

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Nikola Vucevic had 18 points, 12 rebounds and four assists, and the visiting Magic won its fourth straight game, 96-93 over the Timberwolves. … John Wall scored a season-high 35 and the Wizards handed the Cavaliers their first home loss of the season, 97-85. Cleveland is 9-1 at Quicken Loans Arena.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: 76ers rookie Jahlil Okafor will be accompanied by a bodyguard whenever he goes out, coach Brett Brown confirmed. … The NBA fined Pistons guard Reggie Jackson $25,000 for directing inappropriate language toward a fan during Friday's loss in Oklahoma City.

76ers 103, Lakers 91

L.A. LAKERS (91): Bryant 7-26 2-4 20, Randle 5-12 2-3 12, Hibbert 2-4 2-2 6, Russell 5-14 1-2 12, Clarkson 9-19 0-0 19, Williams 2-6 4-5 9, World Peace 0-3 5-6 5, Young 1-3 1-2 4, Bass 2-2 0-0 4, Nance Jr. 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-89 17-24 91.

PHILADELPHIA (103): Covington 8-16 2-4 23, Grant 6-7 2-2 14, Okafor 6-14 0-1 12, Canaan 4-9 0-0 12, Sampson 0-5 2-4 2, McConnell 3-6 0-0 7, Thompson 3-10 4-4 12, Stauskas 2-5 0-0 6, Noel 5-7 4-6 14, Pressey 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 37-79 15-23 103.

L.A. Lakers 33 25 17 16— 91

Philadelphia 26 24 30 23— 103

3-Point GoalsL.A. Lakers 8-34 (Bryant 4-17, Williams 1-3, Clarkson 1-3, Young 1-3, Russell 1-5, Randle 0-1, World Peace 0-2), Philadelphia 14-32 (Covington 5-11, Canaan 4-7, Stauskas 2-4, Thompson 2-6, McConnell 1-3, Grant 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsL.A. Lakers 58 (Randle 11), Philadelphia 55 (Noel 9). AssistsL.A. Lakers 15 (Russell 4), Philadelphia 28 (McConnell 6). Total FoulsL.A. Lakers 19, Philadelphia 18. TechnicalsHibbert, Grant, Sampson. A20,510 (20,318).

Magic 96, Timberwolves 93

ORLANDO (96): Frye 0-2 0-0 0, Harris 4-12 3-4 13, Vucevic 9-19 0-0 18, Payton 6-13 2-4 14, Fournier 4-7 3-4 12, Nicholson 6-11 3-4 15, Oladipo 5-11 2-2 13, Gordon 3-7 0-0 7, Smith 1-1 2-2 4, Napier 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 38-86 15-20 96.

MINNESOTA (93): Wiggins 9-15 8-11 27, Garnett 1-4 2-2 4, Towns 2-11 2-4 6, Rubio 0-5 3-4 3, Martin 4-9 6-6 16, Bjelica 1-5 0-0 3, Dieng 4-6 3-3 11, LaVine 3-11 6-6 12, Muhammad 4-9 1-2 9, Prince 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 29-77 31-38 93.

Orlando 21 33 22 20— 96

Minnesota 14 27 26 26— 93

3-Point GoalsOrlando 5-17 (Harris 2-5, Fournier 1-2, Oladipo 1-3, Gordon 1-3, Payton 0-1, Nicholson 0-1, Frye 0-1, Napier 0-1), Minnesota 4-19 (Martin 2-2, Wiggins 1-3, Bjelica 1-3, Towns 0-1, Muhammad 0-2, Rubio 0-3, LaVine 0-5). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOrlando 53 (Vucevic 12), Minnesota 55 (Garnett, Bjelica 8). AssistsOrlando 19 (Payton 5), Minnesota 14 (LaVine 5). Total FoulsOrlando 30, Minnesota 20. A10,694 (19,356).

Wizards 97, Cavaliers 85

WASHINGTON (97): Porter 3-8 0-0 6, Dudley 5-7 0-0 12, Gortat 7-10 1-2 15, Wall 14-24 4-5 35, Beal 6-19 5-7 18, Sessions 1-3 2-2 4, Humphries 0-3 0-0 0, Temple 3-9 0-0 7, Oubre Jr. 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 39-83 12-16 97.

CLEVELAND (85): James 8-20 8-8 24, Love 2-10 4-4 8, Mozgov 0-3 0-0 0, Williams 5-10 0-0 12, Smith 3-14 4-5 13, Thompson 2-6 2-4 6, Jefferson 2-6 0-0 5, Dellavedova 5-9 2-2 15, Jones 0-3 0-0 0, Varejao 1-2 0-0 2, Cunningham 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-83 20-23 85.

Washington 27 27 26 17— 97

Cleveland 24 19 24 18— 85

3-Point GoalsWashington 7-28 (Wall 3-5, Dudley 2-4, Temple 1-5, Beal 1-10, Humphries 0-1, Sessions 0-1, Porter 0-2), Cleveland 9-30 (Dellavedova 3-3, Smith 3-11, Williams 2-3, Jefferson 1-4, Love 0-3, Jones 0-3, James 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsWashington 45 (Gortat 11), Cleveland 61 (James 13). AssistsWashington 23 (Wall 10), Cleveland 15 (James 4). Total FoulsWashington 23, Cleveland 18. TechnicalsCleveland Coach Blatt. A20,562 (20,562).

Nets 94, Suns 91

PHOENIX (91): Tucker 4-6 0-0 9, Morris 3-11 0-0 6, Len 4-7 5-6 13, Bledsoe 5-11 5-9 17, Knight 9-18 5-7 26, Booker 0-2 0-0 0, Leuer 1-3 0-0 2, Warren 3-6 0-0 6, Teletovic 4-9 0-0 12, Price 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 33-75 15-22 91.

BROOKLYN (94): Johnson 4-8 0-0 9, Young 3-14 2-4 8, Lopez 10-20 3-5 23, Jack 4-11 3-3 11, Hollis-Jefferson 4-5 0-0 8, Bogdanovic 3-5 0-0 7, Robinson 3-5 0-0 6, Ellington 5-7 0-0 11, Larkin 5-9 0-0 11, Brown 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 41-84 8-12 94.

Phoenix 20 22 31 18— 91

Brooklyn 25 26 19 24— 94

3-Point GoalsPhoenix 10-28 (Teletovic 4-9, Knight 3-7, Bledsoe 2-4, Tucker 1-3, Leuer 0-1, Price 0-2, Morris 0-2), Brooklyn 4-13 (Bogdanovic 1-2, Larkin 1-2, Ellington 1-3, Johnson 1-4, Jack 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPhoenix 46 (Len 14), Brooklyn 50 (Hollis-Jefferson 9). AssistsPhoenix 20 (Bledsoe 7), Brooklyn 23 (Jack, Larkin 8). Total FoulsPhoenix 13, Brooklyn 19. TechnicalsPhoenix defensive three second, Robinson, Brooklyn defensive three second. A12,787 (17,732).

Grizzlies 113, Pelicans 104

MEMPHIS (113): Je.Green 3-11 0-0 6, Randolph 6-14 2-2 14, Gasol 11-22 16-16 38, Conley 5-10 0-0 11, Allen 1-3 1-1 3, Lee 6-12 1-1 13, Barnes 5-11 2-2 13, Chalmers 4-4 3-4 11, Ja.Green 1-2 0-0 2, Carter 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 43-90 25-26 113.

NEW ORLEANS (104): Gee 3-4 0-0 6, Davis 4-15 8-13 17, Ajinca 5-6 0-0 10, Holiday 4-7 2-2 12, Evans 7-12 4-4 20, Anderson 6-16 2-2 16, Gordon 2-5 4-4 8, Cole 3-12 3-6 11, Cunningham 0-2 0-0 0, I.Smith 1-2 2-2 4, Asik 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-81 25-33 104.

Memphis 27 37 27 22— 113

New Orleans 38 27 20 19— 104

3-Point GoalsMemphis 2-10 (Conley 1-3, Barnes 1-4, Allen 0-1, Je.Green 0-2), New Orleans 9-27 (Holiday 2-4, Evans 2-5, Anderson 2-6, Cole 2-7, Davis 1-1, Cunningham 0-1, Gordon 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMemphis 55 (Gasol 13), New Orleans 47 (Davis 14). AssistsMemphis 21 (Gasol 6), New Orleans 25 (Evans 10). Total FoulsMemphis 23, New Orleans 21. TechnicalsNew Orleans defensive three second. A16,020 (16,867).

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