Embiid's 36 Pushes Sixers Past Clippers
The Philadelphia 76ers were able to tie the season series against the Los Angeles Clippers Friday night, with a 106-103 victory.
The Sixers got off to a red-hot start, beginning the game on a 20-3 run. That was the largest run to start a game for the Sixers since 2013. Philadelphia was able to ride the momentum of that firey start until mid-way through the 4th quarter.
Joel Embiid played like an MVP on the court. Notching 36 points, 14 rebounds in just 36 minutes of action. Embiid now averages 30.0 PPG, 11.1 RPG on .642 TS%. Embiid's ability to alter shots on the defensive end of the floor was also a huge key in the Sixers' win.
Paul George was shooting lights out. George had a game-high 37 points, shooting 14-29 from the field and 33% from behind the arc. Paul George also had 7 turnovers in the game, as he was the main attention seeker of the 76ers suffocating defense.
Furkan Korkmaz was the second-highest leading scorer for Philly. Korkmaz, in 38 minutes, had 18 points on 15 field goal attempts. Shake Milton and Tyrese Maxey were two big pieces for the Sixers coming off the bench. Milton and Maxey both had 9 points and a combined 3-6 from 3-pt land.
Off the bench for the Clippers, Patrick Patterson was hitting on all cylinders. Patterson finished the game with a season-high 18 points, including 5 made 3-pointers. Patterson was 6-8 from the floor and had a game-high 101.4 TS%.
Anthony Toliver made his first appearance as a 76er. He didn't score a point in his 14 minutes of play but had two rebounds and a block.
Injuries were plentiful for both squads. For the Clippers, superstar Kawhi Leonard was sidelined for the 4th straight game with a sore right foot. Tobias Harris, Seth Curry, and Dwight Howard were are missing from the Sixers rotating due to injury.
With this win, the 76ers improved to 39-17 on the season and lead the Eastern Conference by one game. The Sixers will be back at home Monday night, with a clash against the Golden State Warriors at 7:30 pm.