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The Sixers’ Richaun Holmes dunks near the Los Angeles Lakers’ Julius Randle. Los Angeles led 92-88 in the fourth quarter of a game that ended too late for this edition. For the story and stats, go to


PHILADELPHIA — Lonzo Ball drove the baseline Thursday night.

The Los Angeles Lakers rookie found Brandon Ingram open on the perimeter for a 3-pointer.

Ingram sank the shot to stun 76ers fans and cause Ball’s father, LaVar, to celebrate in a luxury suite.

The Lakers beat Philadelphia 107-104 at the sold-out Wells Fargo Center.

Ingram led the Lakers with 21 points. Joel Embiid scored 33 points and blocked five shots for the 76ers. Ben Simmons had a triple-double with 12 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists.

Sixers fans booed Ball (10 points, eight rebounds and eight assists) every time he touched the ball. LaVar Ball stood in a suite during the fourth quarter and taunted the crowd by cupping his ear with his hand and urging them to boo louder.

With their flair for self-promotion, the Balls are a controversial basketball family.

Philadelphia appeared poised for a dramatic victory.

The 76ers trailed by 15 points with 11 minutes, 15 seconds left. But reserve center Richaun Holmes sparked a comeback with 10 fourth-quarter points. His dunk with 2:22 left tied the game at 101-101 as the fans roared.

Embiid sank two foul shots with 39 seconds left to tie the game.

The 76ers are in a funk.

All they face in their next game is the NBA’s hottest team.

Philadelphia ( 13-11 ) has lost two straight and three of its last four games. The 76ers begin a three-game road trip in Cleveland against Lebron James and the Cavaliers on Saturday night. The Cavaliers have won 13 straight, the NBA’s current longest winning streak.

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