LeBron James steps up comeback but unlikely to face Clippers

Brandon Ingram

The Sixers led by as many as 24 points in second quarter, before Ingram inspired the Lakers on a 16-0 run in the second quarter, which he capped with a monster dunk over Corey Brewer that sent Twitter into a frenzy.

Joel Embiid and the Sixers pick up their third win in the last 4 games against Javale McGee and the Lakers.

On Wednesday, head coach Walton insisted that the Lakers' preparations have been organised with the idea that LeBron would not be healthy to play against the Clippers. The Lakers have shown some signs of improvement, especially Ingram who is coming off a career-best game, but I have to stick with the Clippers who always seem to get up for this matchup.

"We definitely gave them momentum at the start".

The Lakers are now ninth place in the Western Conference and hold a record of 26-25.

The Lakers are 6-11 since LeBron suffered a groin injury on Christmas Day and have plummeted down the rankings, but the team should welcome the three-time National Basketball Association champion back on Thursday night.

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Brandon Ingram and the Lakers are back on the floor against the Clippers on Thursday night from the Staples Center at 10:30 pm ET.

The 76ers are now sitting comfortably in 4th place in the Eastern Conference with a 33-18 record.

The Australian had 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists while the 76ers' All-Star centre Joel Embiid had 28 points and 11 rebounds.

"I think Jimmy did an unbelievable job getting everyone open".

Paul George scored 31 first-half points and finished with 37 in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 126-117 victory over the Orlando Magic. "We still need to work on stuff to get better, but it was an awesome start". After trailing 39-20 at the end of the first quarter, the Lakers made up some of the difference to cut the lead to 64-53 at halftime.

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