Lakers beat lowly 76ers to snap four-game skid

first_img“I don’t think they’re going into this game and we’re not going into this game saying the loser wins,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “We’re going to do what we’ll try to do every game — win.”The Lakers have rarely done that amid key season-ending injuries to Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Julius Randle. But Scott told Los Angeles News Group he met last week with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak, who provided an encouraging message.“He said I’ve been doing a great job in getting all these guys to play hard every night,” Scott said. “With all the injuries that we’ve had and to be in the games that we’ve been in, he thinks I’ve done a terrific job.”Scott also said Kupchak reiterated what he and executive Jim Buss stressed during last year’s coaching interviews. Then, Scott reported the Lakers’ front office conceded a possible lengthy rebuilding process that they would address in the 2015 offseason through the NBA Draft in late June and free agency in July.“We’re still on the right course and still sticking to what we talked about,” Scott said. “All of the things we talked about before they hired me and all the things we talked about since they hired me hasn’t changed.” The Lakers could have as many as two first- and second-round picks. They will also have enough cap space to sign a marquee free agent to a maximum-caliber contract.Meanwhile, Philadelphia has featured 14 undrafted players on its roster. The Sixers could own as many as four first-round picks and five second-round selections. Philadelphia even traded 2014 Rookie of the Year Michael Carter Williams in a three-team deal with Milwaukee in exchange for the first-round pick the Lakers owe Phoenix.Scott joked he “would like an eight-year contract” if he coached under those circumstances. Scott does not need to worry about the security about his four-year, $17 million deal with the Lakers.“Mitch asked, ‘Are you OK?’ I said, ‘Mitch I’m all right.’” Scott said. “I take it hard that day and that night (when we lose). The next day I wake up and have a whole different perspective. I go by the next day and get happy with everything we‘ve been able to do with the guys on a day-to-day basis and just keep pushing.”• Extra Video: Jeremy Lin on Sunday’s win This matchup once became a staple in Lakers lore, rookie Magic Johnson filling in for an injured Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at center to deliver a decisive Game 6 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1980 NBA Finals.Will the Lakers’ 101-87 victory to the Sixers on Sunday have such historical impact beyond Jeremy Lin’s season-high 29 points on 10-of-16 shooting and free tacos for the fans at Staples Center? The premise might seem ludicrous at face value, a forgetful regular-season game amid two teams destined to miss the NBA playoffs producing such memories that spans decades.Yet, the outcome put the Lakers (18-50) farther from the Sixers (17-53) for the NBA’s third-worst record.The Lakers, who currently have the league’s fourth-worst mark, have an 82.8-percent chance of retaining their top-five pick, otherwise owed to Philadelphia as part of the Steve Nash trade with Phoenix. But the odds in keeping that pick increases to 96 percent with the league’s third worst record. The Lakers also have a 10.4 percent in landing the top pick, chances that increase to 15.6 percent with the third-worst record.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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