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Joel Embiid had 35 points, 11 rebounds, and 9 assists to lift the Philadelphia 76ers to a 127-123 win over the host Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday, November 25 (Sunday, November 26, Manila time).
Tyrese Maxey added 28 points for the 76ers.
Embiid returned after missing Wednesday’s loss to Minnesota with hip soreness, helping the 76ers snap a two-game losing streak and halt the Thunder’s six-game winning streak.
Chet Holmgren led the Thunder with 33 points, while Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 31. Holmgren hit five three-pointers.
The 76ers led by 13 with less than six minutes left but Oklahoma City scored 9 consecutive points, 6 by Gilgeous-Alexander, to pull within 4 with 1:37 remaining.
But Embiid hit a pair of free throws and then De’Anthony Melton buried a corner three to extend the lead once again and the Philadelphia looked like it was in control.
But Holmgren drained a three-pointer to cut the lead to two with 5.4 seconds to play before Embiid hit a pair of free throws on the other end to put the game away.
Embiid was 19 of 21 from the free throw line.
The Thunder finished with just 4 turnovers, their fewest in a game since 2019-20.
The Thunder led by 4 with just less than eight minutes remaining in the third but Philadelphia outscored Oklahoma City 22-7 to end the quarter to take an 11-point lead into the fourth.
The Thunder shot just 3 for 19 from the floor in that stretch, missing 11 consecutive shots as the 76ers took control.
Oklahoma City’s Josh Giddey played one day after the NBA confirmed it had opened an investigation into an online allegation that he had had an improper relationship with a minor.
Before the game, Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said the decision was in the NBA’s hands.
Giddey scored 10 points in 25 minutes.
The 76ers jumped out to a quick double-digit lead, 16-5, in the first four minutes, making six of their first eight shots with 6 points from Embiid in the stretch.
The Thunder hit just two of their first eight shots.
Later in the quarter, Oklahoma City ripped off a 15-1 run as Philadelphia missed seven consecutive shots. – Rappler.com