OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Joel Embiid had 27 device and nine rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Oklahoma Metropolis Voice 117-93 on Saturday night to tug even with Brooklyn for the Eastern Conference lead.
On Friday night in a loss at New Orleans, Embiid went appropriate 5 for 16 from the bottom and scored 14 device. He used to be 10 for 17 in three quarters of labor in opposition to the Voice and had four blocks.
Even with the off night in opposition to New Orleans and the 10 video games he missed with a bone bruise in his left knee, Embiid aloof feels he needs to be on the highest of the league MVP budge.
“In phrases of the MVP stuff, I have savor I’m aloof proper there,” he talked about. “After I’m on the bottom, I have savor I’ve been the categorical all season, appropriate doing my thing, appropriate dominating with the assist of my teammates and the coaches placing me in the correct positions to be triumphant.”
Furkan Korkmaz added a season-excessive 20 device and a profession-excessive 5 steals for the 76ers. They didn’t savor the procedure in which they played in opposition to the Pelicans, but felt better after Saturday’s effort.
“We replied appropriate,” forward Mike Scott talked about. “The elegance of the NBA —- there’s more than a few video games — abet-to-abet, like a flash turnarounds. You learn out of your errors and also you retain transferring. No topic the personnel and no topic the file, it’s consistently tall to come abet in and acquire a rob, significantly on the boulevard.”
Darius Bazley had 17 device and nine rebounds in his first saunter since lacking 15 video games with a shoulder bruise.
“We’re totally happy he’s abet,” Voice coach Impress Daigneault talked about. “We’re totally happy he looks savor he’s in ultimate-trying appropriate shape, body looks appropriate. Fair retain constructing from here. It is a extraordinarily significant 20 video games for him.”
Voice guard Lu Dort scored 15 device in his first saunter since lacking seven video games whereas in concussion protocol. Tony Bradley added 16 device and 14 rebounds for Oklahoma Metropolis, which has misplaced six straight.
The 76ers led 66-53 at halftime. Embiid made appropriate one of his first four shots, but he went 6-for-6 the remainder of the first half and performed it with 21 device. The 76ers led despite making appropriate 5 of 21 3-pointers forward of the ruin. The 76ers led 90-76 heading into the fourth quarter.
76ers: Guard George Hill, who the Voice traded to the 76ers as fragment of a 3-personnel deal last month, remained out with an real thumb distress he suffered early in the season whereas playing for Oklahoma Metropolis. … Had appropriate 10 turnovers and compelled 23. … Middle Dwight Howard had 13 rebounds in honest below 15 minutes. … Guard/forward Danny Green sat out with a sore left hip.
Voice: Guard Theo Maledon hit a corner 3-pointer as time expired in the first half. … Voice forward Aleksej Pokusevski left the game in the first quarter with proper arm soreness and didn’t return. … Shot 50% from the realm.
The Voice have misplaced six straight video games by a median of 28.5 device per game, with all six losses coming by double digits and 5 of the six by now not less than 24 device. The closest game in that stretch used to be a 113-102 loss to Charlotte on April 7. The worst of the losses used to be
Embiid has made appropriate 1-fof-14 3-pointers in his last four video games and missed both of his tries from deep in opposition to the Voice. His mid-vary shot has been off, too.
“You’ve got to retain taking pictures them,” he talked about. “Miss or blueprint, you’ve got to retain taking them. Obviously, they haven’t been entering into. A form of it has to invent with the brace and getting abet to myself. It appropriate feels savor every shot that I eradicate, I appropriate have a hitch in it. Admire it’s now not a paunchy saunter. It’s now not as soft as it used to be, even on the makes.”
76ers: At Dallas on Monday night.
Voice: At Utah on Tuesday night.
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