March 29, 2019 / 1:56 AM / 24 days ago

Embiid, Sixers get back on winning track, beat Nets

Joel Embiid had 39 points, 13 rebounds and six assists to lift the host Philadelphia 76ers past the Brooklyn Nets 123-110 on Thursday.

Mar 28, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) controls the ball against Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Harris (12) during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

It was Embiid’s league-best 27th game with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds this season. Embiid shot 12 of 20 from the field and 12 of 16 from the free-throw line.

JJ Redick added 18 points while Ben Simmons and Boban Marjanovic had 16 each for the Sixers, who snapped a two-game losing streak.

Joe Harris paced the Nets with 22 points, while Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 19 points and 10 rebounds. Caris LeVert contributed 18 points for the Nets, who completed their seven-game road trip, going 2-5.

The Sixers bolted to a 20-point lead with about 8 1/2 minutes left in the second quarter before the Nets rallied to close within nine about four minutes later.

Philadelphia pushed its advantage back to 56-42 with under three minutes left in the first half after a driving layup by Simmons.

The game turned chippy from there as Butler and Embiid each received technical fouls. The Nets scored eight straight, cutting the deficit to 56-50 before D’Angelo Russell was given a technical from the bench.

Embiid scored 18 points and Redick added 16 as the Sixers held a 68-58 advantage at halftime.

Dinwiddie led the Nets with 13.

The Nets went nine straight possessions without scoring in the third and the Sixers extended their lead to 79-65.

After another empty offensive trip by the Nets, Marjanovic scored for an 81-65 lead.

Mike Scott knocked down a 3-pointer from the wing with seven seconds left in the third and the Sixers went ahead 98-82 at the end of the quarter.

The Sixers pulled ahead by 18 early in the fourth quarter, but the Nets scored seven straight to close within 11 at 102-91. Harris later hit a trey and the Nets trailed 104-94.

Russell’s layup cut the Sixers’ lead to 108-99 with 5:55 remaining.

Embiid scored in the post to put the Sixers ahead 118-105 with three minutes left, and then he hit two free throws with 2:28 left for a 120-105 lead.

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