Holiday leads Sixers over Lakers 103-99

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 2, 2013 at 1:45 am •  Published: January 2, 2013
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Pau Gasol had 11 points and nine rebounds, but shot only 2 for 12 while playing on a sore right foot. Dwight Howard missed his first five shots and finished 1 for 7 with seven points and 14 boards. The six-time All-Star's only field goal came with 6:15 left in the third quarter, a put-back dunk that reduced Philadelphia's lead to 67-63.

Down by nine with just under 3 minutes to play, the Lakers closed to 99-97 on Bryant's 3-pointer with 1:28 left. But Spencer Hawes responded with a 21-footer 16 seconds later and Holiday helped close it out on a driving dunk with 22.4 seconds on the clock.

"I was hyped," Holiday said. "I thought right there it was pretty much over. But with the Lakers and all the firepower they have, anything can happen."

The 76ers outscored the Lakers 11-3 over the final 2:20 of the half to pull ahead 54-50, and extended the margin to eight points after three quarters. Los Angeles trailed 89-79 after Holiday's jumper with 6:54 left in the game, then closed to 94-90 on Metta World Peace's jumper a few minutes later. But the Sixers responded by scoring the next five points, including a layup by Jason Richardson that made it 99-90 with 2:57 left.

"We just didn't play together, especially on the defensive end, and we had a lot of mistakes down the stretch," Howard said. Nobody rotated fast enough, and that's where we lost the game. The games we've won — blowing teams out — we've played a certain way. The games we've lost, we've played a different way. So we need to find a balance."

NOTES: Nash needs 28 assists to join John Stockton, Jason Kidd, Mark Jackson and Magic Johnson as the only players in NBA history with at least 10,000. ... The 76ers are 14-0 when leading after three quarters, compared to 1-16 when trailing going into the fourth. ... After wrapping up this eight-game road trip against Phoenix, Oklahoma City and San Antonio, the 76ers will play 13 of their next 15 at home. ... Lakers reserve F Antawn Jamison was benched for the sixth straight game. The 15-year veteran, a two-time All-Star and former sixth man of the year (2003-04), hasn't played since Dec. 16, when he went scoreless in 13 minutes against the 76ers.