January 1 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“The Staples Center was jammed floor to rafter with purple and gold Friday night, making the game against the defending NBA champions especially challenging for the 76ers.
Battling all game, the Sixers fought and clawed just to stay in range.
Despite the visitors’ late push to tie the score, the Los Angeles Lakers managed to beat them, 102-98.
Sixers guard Lou Williams, his team trailing, 100-98, missed a leaning jumper with 4.3 seconds remaining. After a review of the ensuing out-of-bounds call, the Lakers maintained possession and made two free throws to ensure victory.
“If I could do it over again, I’d shoot the same shot,” Williams said. “I didn’t know how much time I had, if I’d have known I had three or four seconds, I would have turned and tried to get my shoulders squared up. We got a couple of shots at the basket – it bounced out.”
The Sixers, without swingman Andre Iguodala, dropped to 13-20. The Lakers, led by Kobe Bryant with 33 points, improved to 23-10.”
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