The Philadelphia 76ers won a basketball game for the fist time in 251 days. And there was much rejoicing in the city of Brotherly Love. They took control from the Los Angeles Lakers in the fourth quarter and ran away the game.
Early on, it didn’t look like that would be the case as Kobe Bryant came out slinging like old-school, Kobe. Perhaps it was knowing that he was playing his last game in the city he grew up in, but he came out firing–and making–shots. Four the Lakers’s first shots were Bryant’s threes.
But Bryant cooled down and ended up regressing to the new Kobe mean, finishing out the contest on 7-of-26 shooting including 4-of-17 from deep. He scored 20 points in his last trip to his hometown.
But, as nice as it was to see a quarter of vintage Vino, this was not about him in the end.
— Doc Savage (@SoloChills) December 2, 2015
It was about the Sixers finally getting a win. They kept plugging away taking and losing the lead. but the moment
They first tied it and then took it for good on a pair of Nerlens Noel threes with 57 seconds left in the third. That sparked a 20-5 run that put the game out of reach for good, though, the Lakers did cut the lead back to double digits momentarily.
And then, it happened. The final seconds ran off the clock. Philadelphia head coach Brett Brown stared at the scoreboard momentarily with a look as though he were struggling to believe, and the 76ers officially won the game, ending the longest losing streak in the history of major American professional sports.
Philadelphia has a straight number in front of their record. Rejoice!
— Philadelphia 76ers (@Sixers) December 2, 2015