PHILADELPHIA >> The smile flashed across Wayne Ellington’s face. The Lakers guard had just navigated out of a double team by throwing a crisp pass to Lakers rookie Jordan Clarkson as he cut baseline for an open layup. That play secured the Lakers’ 113-111 overtime victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday at Wells Fargo Center. The moment did not just provide the Laker (20-53) some elation over a rare victory. Ellington’s game-winning assist also put a happy ending to what he called a “tough day.” Ellington played in his hometown for the first time since his dad was murdered on Nov. 9, 2014, in downtown Philadelphia. “My pops never missed this game. He was always excited for this Sixers game,” said Ellington who posted 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting. “From that standpoint, it’s emotional. But I got a lot of love out there to support me. My teammates supported me. Everybody is picking me up.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error He played his last game with the Lakers as part of his second 10-day contract. But Jabari Brown provided a pretty compelling reason why the Lakers should sign him for the rest of the season instead of letting him walk as a free agent. He posted a season-high 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting in 33 minutes.Does that help his cause?“No doubt about it,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said.Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak returned to Los Angeles after a week-long scouting trip in Europe. Then, Brown will likely have more clarity. “I try to be optimistic,” said Brown, who went undrafted at the University of Missouri before playing on the Lakers’ training camp roster. “I showed a lot that I can do. Hopefully they want that.”It would seem so.The Lakers ruled Nick Young out for another week after he had minimal progress on his fractured left kneecap. Brown also averaged 11 points on 46.6 percent shooting in 27.33 minutes through six games during his second 10-day contract. In his first 10-day contract, Brown averaged seven points on 57.9 percent shooting in 20 minutes per night through four games. Since then, Scott has raved about Brown’s confidence, unselfish play, ballhandling and pick-and-roll defense. “He’s showing everything we hoped he would,” Scott said. “Probably even a little bit more.” Ellington bought 35 tickets for friends he has known since starring at The Episcopal Academy in Merion, Pa (2002-06). Though his mother and two sisters were in North Carolina, Ellington still squeezed in a visit to his grandmother’s at the expense of his pre-game nap. “She’s not feeling too well, but she’s getting better,” Ellington said. “I was sitting with her and she had pictures of my dad. We were talking about it. It’s been a tough day.”Ellington spoke in a stoic tone as he reflected on the tumultuous past four months. But then Ellington quickly accentuated on the positive.“This was a good feeling, though,” said Ellington, smiling. “I’m glad we got a win like this.” Secure future?