BRANDON Ingram knocked down the go-ahead triple to avert disaster as the Los Angeles Lakers stunned the Philadelphia 76ers, 107-104, on Thursday (Friday, Manila time).
Ingram led the Lakers (9-15) in ending a five-game slump with 21 points, none bigger than his game-winning triple in the dying seconds after his team blew a huge lead after a sizzling fourth quarter start by the Sixers.
A 18-7 Sixers run in the fourth cut what was once a 16-point Lakers lead down to four, 92-88, with over six minutes to play.
Then Joel Embiid, who had his fifth straight game scoring at least 20 points, collaborated with Richaun Holmes to tie the game at 101 with 2:18 to go.
But Julius Randle scored on the next play and back-to-back steals for the Lakers led to a split from the stripe for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope that gave them some cushion, 104-101.
Holmes responded in making one of two free throws, before forcing a stop on Randle and feeding Embiid who was fouled on the drive. The Cameroonian big man tied the game anew at 104 with over 30 seconds in regulation.
Randle then got a block on Embiid, setting the stage for the game-winning triple by Ingram with 0.8 seconds left. Holmes attempt at the buzzer was way off as the Lakers got the road win to end the slump.
Jordan Clarkson and Randle each scored 16 off the bench, while Caldwell-Pope added 13 markers. Lonzo Ball also had a solid game with 10 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
Embiid led the way for the Sixers (13-11) with 33 points, while Ben Simmons had a triple-double with 12 markers, 15 assists and 13 rebounds. Robert Covington chipped in 19 markers but Philadelphia still lost two in a row.