Holiday, Sixers top Lakers

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Updated: January 2, 2013

Jrue Holiday scored 26 points, dished out 10 assists and slammed home a rare road win for the Philadelphia 76ers against the Los Angeles Lakers in a 103-99 decision at Staples Center.

Evan Turner finished with 22 points, 13 rebounds and five assists for the
Sixers, who never trailed in the second half and improved to 2-3 on their
eight-game road trip.

Spencer Hawes totaled 13 points off the bench, including a critical jumper
down the stretch after a Kobe Bryant 3-pointer cut the Lakers’ deficit to two.

Bryant paced Los Angeles with 36 points on 14-of-29 shooting, but the starting
frontcourt of Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard combined to shoot 3-of-19 from the
field for 18 points.

Steve Nash added 12 points and 10 helpers for Los Angeles, which had won six
of seven coming in and was perhaps looking ahead to a matchup against the
Clippers on Friday.

The Sixers narrowly won the third quarter and brought an 81-73 lead into the
fourth, where they went ahead by double-digits, 85-75, on a Lavoy Allen jumper
from the right elbow less than three minutes in.

The Lakers chipped away and pulled within 99-97 when Bryant drained one from
long range with 1:28 to play. But Hawes, off a terrific pass from Jason
Richardson, hit a 15-footer from the baseline to make it a two-possession game
again.

A Bryant turnover followed by deep misses from Nash and Metta World Peace
inside the final minute preceded Holiday parting the lane and throwing down a
clinching dunk for Philadelphia’s third road win over the Lakers in the last
13 trips.

The Sixers never trailed in the first quarter, though the 11-point lead they
built less than five minutes in dipped to three, 28-25, heading to the second.

There were five lead changes and six ties in the second, and two buckets by
Turner in the final minute gave Philadelphia a 54-50 edge at halftime.

Game Notes

The Sixers are 14-0 when leading at the start of the fourth … Sixers had not
scored 100-plus points in any of the past seven meetings with the Lakers …
Holiday has handed out at least nine assists in five straight games … Los
Angeles had won three straight at home … The Sixers shot 48 percent from the
field and held the Lakers to 39 percent shooting.