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Joel Embiid, Sixers Hold Off LeBron-less Lakers, 126-121

Philadelphia 76ers center DeAndre Jordan, center, dunks against Los Angeles Lakers guard Malik Monk (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, March 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
Philadelphia 76ers center DeAndre Jordan, center, dunks against Los Angeles Lakers guard Malik Monk (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, March 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
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Los Angeles (AP) -- Joel Embiid had 30 points and 10 rebounds, James Harden added 24 points and the Philadelphia 76ers hung on for a 126-121 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers without LeBron James on Wednesday night.

Two nights after the Sixers surprisingly beat Eastern Conference-leading Miami despite playing without Embiid and Harden, both stars returned for a tougher-than-expected win over the up-and-down Lakers. Tyrese Maxey scored 21 points for Philadelphia, which has won five of seven overall.