The Lakers have badly missed having point guards on their active roster.
On Friday night, the Lakers got their second win in a row, defeating the Philadelphia 76ers, 112-98, with some stellar play from three point guards.
Steve Nash, who turned 40 on Friday, scored 19 points with five assists, Steve Blake played through elbow and leg injuries to finish with 14 points and eight assists and Kendall Marshall contributed seven points and 10 assists off the bench for the Lakers. A fourth point guard, Jordan Farmar, sat out with leg issues.
The 76ers turned the ball over 23 times and shot only 42.5% from the field. Tony Wroten led Philadelphia with 16 points. Spencer Hawes notched a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Philadelphia scored 35 points in the first quarter but managed only 34 in the second half.
The Lakers shot 50.6% from the field, getting strong nights from Wesley Johnson (17 points, five steals and three blocks), Ryan Kelly (15 points, eight rebounds, and Jordan Hill (14 points), who played with a sore neck. Chris Kaman added 17 points off the bench.
The Lakers (18-32) return home to host the Chicago Bulls (24-25) on Sunday.
The 76ers (15-36) will also travel to Los Angeles, paying a visit to the Clippers (34-18), also on Sunday.
Relying heavily on their many point guards, the Lakers took the lead in the third quarter in Philadelphia, finishing up by two after 36 minutes.
The Lakers made 50.7% of their shots from the field and, after a slow start, 47.1% from three-point range (8 of 17). The 76ers also shot well from long range, hitting 12 of 24 (50%).
Steve Blake hit a pair of three-pointers in the final minute to reduce a nine-point deficit to three.
The Lakers shot 53.1% from the field. Blake has scored nine points and has a game-high five assists in just more than 20 minutes despite elbow and leg injuries.
The Lakers didn't do much to stop the 76ers in the first quarter, giving up 35 points on 55.6% shooting.