NBA Headlines for December 8, 2017
UNDATED (AP) — Joel Embiid scored 33 points on Thursday, while teammate Ben Simmons had a triple-double, but it wasn't enough for the Philadelphia 76ers.
Brandon Ingram capped his 21-point performance by nailing the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds left to give the Lakers a 107-104 win at Philadelphia. Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson each had 16 points for the Lakers, who blew a 16-point lead in the second half before ending a five-game losing skid.
Simmons finished with 12 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists for the Sixers. Embiid tied the game by hitting a pair of free throws with 39.8 seconds remaining.
Checking out Thursday's other NBA action:
— The Rockets have an eight-game winning streak after James Harden poured in 29 points and Ryan Anderson added 23 in a 112-101 decision over the Jazz. Chris Paul chipped in 18 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds in helping Houston improve to a Western Conference-leading 19-4.
— Bradley Beal scored 34 points and the Wizards shot 51 percent in beating the Suns 109-99 in Phoenix. Former Sun Markieff Morris had 21 points for Washington, which closed on an 11-3 run to win for the third time in four games.
— The Thunder wasted Russell Westbrook's 31 points, eight boards and six assists in a 100-95 loss to the Nets. Caris Levert dropped in 19 points and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 17 in Brooklyn's third win in four games.
Sixers unload Okafor
UNDATED (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers have parted with disappointing center Jahlil Okafor.
The Sixers are sending the third player taken in the 2015 NBA draft to the Brooklyn Nets. Okafor averaged 17 ½ points and seven rebounds as a rookie during the 2015-16 season, but he's dropped out of the team's rotation this year
The Sixers also sent guard Nik Stauskas and a 2019 second-round draft pick to the Nets for forward Trevor Booker.
Also in the NBA:
— The Pelicans say reserve center Alexis Ajinca has had surgery on his right knee and his recovery is expected to take four to six months. The 7-foot-2 Ajinca has been inactive so far this season while trying to determine if he could rehabilitate patellar tendinitis without surgery.