December 30, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, United States; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) dribbles as Brooklyn Nets center LaMarcus Aldridge (21) defends in the second 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.
Tyrese 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.
Kevin Durant returned after missing three games in NBA health and safety protocol and scored 33 points for the Nets. James Harden produced his second triple-double in three games since returning from protocol with 33 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists.
Wizards 110, Horsemen 93
Bradley Beal had 29 points and a season tied for 10 assists on his return from health and safety protocol to fuel host Washington to a victory over Cleveland.
Beal made 13 of 23 shots from the ground for the Wizards, who also saw Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (four 3-pointers, 12 points) and Anthony Gill (eight points) come back from protocol. Spencer Dinwiddie, however, entered into a pre-game health and safety protocol.
Cleveland’s Kevin Love had 24 points and 11 rebounds and rookie Evan Mobley scored 14 of his 21 points in the first quarter. Lauri Markkanen and Isaac Okoro each added 11 points for the Cavaliers, who were in their first game since Ricky Rubio suffered an ACL tear on Tuesday in a 108-104 loss to New Orleans.
Bucks 136, Magic 118
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 33 points and 12 rebounds, helping Milwaukee end host Orlando’s regular-season sweep with a win.
Jrue Holiday had 25 points and seven assists and Khris Middleton added 22 points and six assists as the Bucks finished December on a five-game winning streak. DeMarcus Cousins fueled a key run with 13 of his 15 points in the third quarter, and Bobby Portis and Donte DiVincenzo each had 11 points and nine rebounds.
Orlando has lost five straight home games for the first time this season. The Magic are 2-13 – and 0-11 against opponents in the Eastern Conference – at the Amway Center. All nine Magic players reached the scoring column, led by Franz Wagner’s 20 points as he followed up a 38-point performance against Milwaukee on Tuesday. Wagner scored in double digits for the 18th straight game, giving the second longest streak of a rookie in franchise history.
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