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Lou, 76ers ruin Kobe’s Big Night

The Los Angeles Lakers were visiting Philly in front of another sell-out crowd at Wells Fargo Arena. With the words “Beat L.A.” coming out of 20,000 fans, Lou Williams had one of the best performances of his career, scoring 14 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter which ultimately beat the Lakers, spoiling Kobe Bryant’s milestone night.

Williams hit a game-tying three, and then hit another lead which gave the Sixers a 91-88 win. Williams then drained a floater which made the score 93-88 and ultimately held off Bryant to give the Sixers their 13th win at home. Jrue Holiday added 13 assists and 6 assists, and Andre Iguodala scored 12 and dished out five assists. Andrew Bynum (20 points, 20 rebounds) and Pau Gasol (16 points, 11 rebounds) both had double-doubles for Los Angeles (14-11).

Bryant started off hot, stoking the Lakers to a big lead.

Kobe Bryant scored 24 points in the first half, but only managed to score 4 points in the second half. However, Kobe passed former teammate Shaquille O’Neal on the all-time scoring list, which made Bryant the 5th all-time scorer in NBA history. After hurrying to surpass Shaq on the list, Bryant struggled mightly in the second half, only making 9 out of 10 shots. Kobe, now 33 years old, leads the NBA with 29.4 points per game and has 28,601 points.

After passing Shaq on the all-time scoring list, Kobe said it was an honor to pass Shaq because of their history. After seeing his former teammate pass him on the list, O’Neal quickly congratulated Kobe via Twitter.

Despite these acknowledgements, Kobe and Shaq often clashed as teammates, even when they won the championship from 2000-2002. After Kobe allegedly forced Shaq to leave L.A., Shaq won his 4th NBA Championship in 2006 with the Miami Heat but Kobe would strike back with two more in 2009-2010 with Hall of Fame head coach Phil Jackson. Now, with more points and rings than Shaq, it seems as if Kobe has already written his name in the books to go down as the greatest Laker of all time.

Lakers coach Mike Brown must have been very disappointed while watching on TV. Brown was dealing with a one-game suspension after making contact with an official and failing to leave in an orderly manner after he was ejected. Brown was also fined $25,000.

Now going back to Kobe, he started the game as if he was going to break the record for most points in a game, instead of surpassing Shaq. Every shot he made during the first half kept drawing more and more boos throughout the crowd. At the break, the Lakers were leading 50-46, with Bryant easily leading the way. It seemed all the boos caught up to Kobe in the second half, as he hit a lucky shot in the third to give him his only basket for the rest of the game.

The Sixers (18-7) went 3-1 against a very rigged schedule; they beat the Magic, Lakers, and Bulls but loss terribly to the Heat. It doesn’t get much easier for the Sixers as the Spurs and Clippers stop by the City of Brotherly Love. However, these big games are starting to draw attention to the success they are having, and provide an opportunity to show the league how dangerous they can be.

Lou swishes the go-ahead three-pointer, ripping the hearts out of the Lakers.

The Sixers only committed four turnovers in the game while getting out-rebounded 55-30. Lou Williams, who entered the game as one of the best Sixth Man in the NBA, has never been afraid to take clutch shots and it’s paid off. Even though the Sixers have played exceptionally with the entire team, Williams has been that player who plays like a superstar.

For those who don’t know, Kobe was originally born in Philadelphia but then moved to Italy for eight years. He then came back to attend Lower Merion High School, which he led to state championship as a senior in 1996.

The Sixers now hold the #3 seed in the Eastern Conference, while the Lakers fall to the #6 seed. Philadelphia is off to its best start since ’01, when Allen Iverson led them to a 20-5 record.

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Author:Curran Aiyer

Studying Finance, Business Analytics, and International Business at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University with a minor in Spanish. Aspiring to change the world by driving education and the importance of staying informed. Looking to share my learnings and knowledge on behavioral economics and how that correlates with investing in yourself wisely. Originally from Philadelphia and trusting the process.

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