Joel Embiid pours 34 as 76ers down the nets


December 30, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, United States; Brooklyn Nets center LaMarcus Aldridge (21) dribbles against Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris (12) during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Joel Embiid scored 34 points and converted the three-point decider with 3:14 remaining as the Philadelphia 76ers played all games in a 110-102 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday in New York.

Embiid shot 11 of 23 from the floor and scored at least 30 points for a seventh straight road game. His hoop and the free throw that followed started Philadelphia’s 13-5 run.

The game was tied at 97-97 after Brooklyn’s James Harden converted Nic Claxton’s strikeout with 3:24 left. On the next possession, Embiid worked his way to the rim, absorbed LaMarcus Aldridge’s contact with a short jumper, and converted the free kick for a 100-97 lead.

After the Nets’ Kevin Durant hit a 15-footer with 3:03 remaining, Tyrese Maxey of Philadelphia hit an open 3-point corner with 2:43 remaining and then sank a 16-footer that gave Philadelphia a 108-foot lead. -100 with 84 seconds left.

Embiid froze Philadelphia’s third straight win by converting a layup with 15.3 seconds left for the final margin.

Maxey added 25 points and touched five of Philadelphia’s 13 points. Seth Curry added 17 points for the Sixers, who shot 42% on a night they were coached by assistant Dan Burke after head coach Doc Rivers was placed on COVID-19 protocol.

Philadelphia won despite placing Tyler Johnson and Myles Powell in protocol on Thursday, where they joined teammate Danny Green.

Durant returned after missing three games in NBA health and safety protocol and scored 33 points. Harden produced his second triple-double in three games since returning from protocol with 33 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists.

The Nets, who shot 45.7% from the floor, lost their second straight home game.

Embiid scored 16 points as Philadelphia shot 53.3% and took a 39-31 lead after the first quarter. Philadelphia led by 11 in the second quarter, fell behind, then took a 55-54 halftime lead when Embiid posted a 3-point with 30.9 seconds left.

Durant’s 3 straight points gave Brooklyn a 78-71 lead with 3:53 left in the third quarter, but the Sixers ended the period with a 13-4 run to take an 84-82 lead over the 3 points from Maxey with 56.8 seconds. to the left.

– Media at field level

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