Holiday leads Sixers over Lakers 103-99


02:54 PM January 2nd, 2013

January 2nd, 2013 02:54 PM

Philadelphia 76ers guard Jrue Holiday (center) gets by Los Angeles Lakers guard Darius Morris (left) and forward Pau Gasol (right) of Spain as he battles to the basket in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. AP

LOS ANGELES —Jrue Holidayhad 26 points and 10 assists, Evan Turner added 22 points and 13 rebounds, and the Philadelphia 76ersbeat the Los Angeles Lakers 103-99 on Tuesday night.

The Lakers (15-16) have matched their worst start after 31 games since the 2002-03 season, when they began defense of their third straight NBA title with a 12-19 record.

Kobe Bryant who shifted from shooting guard to small forward five games ago in coach Mike D’Antonio’s redesigned rotation, led the Lakers with 36 points. Steve Nash added 12 points and 10 assists.

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.

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