SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Joel Embiid had 34 points and 12 rebounds, and the Philadelphia 76ers held on to beat the undermanned San Antonio Spurs 113-111 in time previous legislation Sunday evening.
Ben Simmons tipped in the game-winner off a lumber away out from Embiid as time expired. Embiid had four points in time previous legislation, all on free throws.
Seth Curry scored 22 points and Dwight Howard added 14 as Philadelphia won its fourth straight to remain atop the Eastern Convention. Simmons finished with 5 points, six rebounds and 5 assists in 35 minutes.
Lonnie Walker IV had 23 points to lead the Spurs, who misplaced their third straight. Keldon Johnson added 19 points, Rudy Elated had 18 and Gorgui Dieng 17.
The Spurs were with out four starters as Dejounte Murray and Derrick White missed the game attributable to injuries and DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl sat out for rest.
San Antonio tied the game at 102 on Elated’s 3-pointer with 2: 37 remaining in legislation. The Sixers reclaimed the lead on the ensuing possession with a 3-pointer by Curry handiest to appear Johnson hit one more game-tying 3.
Embiid and Johnson muscled their ability into the lane to maintain the game tied at 107 with 1: 03 remaining. After Matisse Thybulle blocked Patty Mills’ 3-point strive, Embiid missed a fade-away jumper from 15 feet to ship the game to time previous legislation.
Every groups struggled offensively in time previous legislation, combining to attain sincere nine points on 3-for-11 shooting.
San Antonio employed a zone protection early to counter a stronger Philadelphia starting lineup, but Embiid ruined that approach. The Sixers’ wings learned holes in the zone and either passed to Embiid or the 76ers center gathered and followed up a missed shot. Embiid had 13 points in the main quarter, including 12 in the paint.
Philadelphia’s reserves added to the profit, building a 17-point lead behind Howard and broken-down Spurs guard George Hill.
Hill finished with 5 points in 19 minutes.
Every groups were playing the opener of a back-to-back with the Spurs traveling to face the Utah Jazz on Monday whereas the 76ers play at Chicago.
IN THE MOMENT
Sunday’s game in San Antonio used to be the begin of 5 games in seven days for Philadelphia.
Even supposing the Spurs were missing four starters, Sixers coach Doc Rivers chose no longer to rest someone. He used to be asked what components into his decision to rest gamers and if the standings play a section.
“Correct kind our properly being,” Rivers acknowledged. “We must maintain guys wholesome on the discontinue of the day. We must win games. We must win them the factual amount of rest. We obviously beget a belief on what we want to finish, and so we’ll be conscious it. We’re no longer going to scrutinize on the standings or anything treasure that to eliminate what we’re going to finish; I will sing that.”
76ers: Aged Spurs guard Danny Green obtained a warm welcome from the restricted ability crowd. Green spent eight seasons with San Antonio beginning in 2011 earlier than being traded to Toronto in 2018 along with Kawhi Leonard for DeRozan and Poeltl. … The Sixers had no injuries to teach. … Howard had three blocks, including a pair in the main quarter were the Spurs definitely ran into his outstretched palms.
Spurs: Murray missed the game with a sore left knee. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich used to be asked if the sphere used to be minor, Popovich acknowledged “I am hoping so and I think so.” … Tre Jones made his first profession begin in his 30th appearance as a rookie. Jones entered averaging 1.9 points and 0.7 assists in 5.4 minutes per game.
76ers: On the Chicago Bulls on Monday.
Spurs: On the Utah Jazz on Monday.