In Kobe Bryant’s last game in hometown Philadelphia, the 76ers won 103-91 over Bryant’s Los Angeles Lakers to notch their first victory of the 2015-2016 NBA Season.
Bryant, who played in Lower Merion High School in Philadelphia and was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, scored 20 points but struggled again from the field making just 7-of-26 field goals. The Lakers veteran, who announced earlier in the week that this would be his final year, also shot 4-of-17 from behind the arc to register another inefficient shooting night.
The 76ers, whose last victory came last season on March 25, 2015 when they defeated the Denver Nuggets, have snapped an NBA record of 28 consecutive losses, bridging the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 seasons, and an 18-game losing streak to start the current year.
Six players finished in double-figure scoring for the 76ers, led by Robert Covington, who had 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Jerami Grant had 14 points, Jahlil Okafor and Isaiah Canaan added 12 points apiece and off the bench, Nerlens Noel had 14 points and 9 rebounds.
Julius Randle had a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds and Jordan Clarkson added 19 for the Lakers, who dropped to a 2-15 win-loss record, second worst in the entire NBA.
Currently on seven-game losing streak, the Lakers will continue a long eight-game road trip facing the Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks and Detroit Pistons in their next three games. The 76ers face the New York Knicks on the road before hosting the Denver Nuggets and San Antonio Spurs.