For the Lakers, Brandon Ingram starred with 21 points, including the game-clinching three-pointer, while much-hyped guard Lonzo Ball had 10 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, including dishing to Ingram for the match-winner.
All three committed four turnovers, though, contributing to a night of unforced errors in which the Sixers coughed it up 18 times leading to 25 Laker points. With about a second remaining in the game, Ingram released a ideal arching three-pointer that swished through the net for the go-ahead basket with 0.8 seconds left in the game.
After Ingram's 3-pointer, LaVar Ball rejoiced. 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.
His son was also greeted with boos on a highly productive night. The Sixers, as expected, wouldn't go down without a fight.
"I know I had a chance to", he said, "but I never really thought about it". Despite Philly hustling back in transition and having a timeout in his pocket, Walton chose to let the Lakers play, and Ball pulled it back out, passing to a trailing Ingram on the right wing - who, realizing Ball could not have been more open, quickly kicked it to Lonzo in the far corner. But Ball almost had a triple-double of his own with 10 points, eight assists and eight rebounds to go with four blocks and three steals.
Their lead expanded to as many as 16 points in the third quarter, but the Sixers answered. Julius Randle led the way for the Lakers in the last quarter, with 10 of his 16 points in the final stanza. He shot 1-for-9 overall, including 0-for-6 from 3-point range, and had just two points, two assists and five rebounds in a nationally-televised game.