PHILADELPHIA — LeBron James has a rare perspective among NBA players, having played at the highest level for 15½ seasons now, winning three championships and reaching the Finals in each of the last eight seasons.
So when many are saying the Philadelphia 76ers' starting five is the best in the Eastern Conference, surpassed in the NBA only by the Golden State Warriors, it would stand to reason that James would be a logical person to ask for perspective.
After all, James (with the Cavaliers) faced the Warriors in each of the previous four NBA Finals, winning one. And in his first season with the Lakers, James has the honor of facing Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins and company four times this season — and perhaps in the first round of the playoffs should the Lakers get the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference.
So James knows a stacked team when he sees one, and he saw one after the Sixers pummeled the Lakers 143-120 on Sunday.
Joel Embiid had 37 points and 14 rebounds. Tobias Harris, acquired last week from the Clippers, added 22 points, JJ Redick had 21, and Jimmy Butler, acquired in November, had 15.
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