Sixers Hang On, Defeat KAT and the Wolves in Embiid's Return



Saturday night, the Wolves and Sixers faced off at the Wells Fargo Center, with Philadelphia coming out victorious by a score of 122-113.


Embiid made his return to the lineup after a knee injury he sustained back on March 12 against the Wizards, and just in the nick of time to see his old friend, Karl-Anthony Towns. We were treated to two of the best big men in the world going back and forth at one another all night long. Let's just say that these two have some...history together and that another chapter was written in their rivalry tonight.


Towns had a marvelous game for Minnesota, compiling 39 points (15 in the fourth quarter), 14 rebounds, and 5 assists, but ended up fouling out in the losing effort. He did absolutely everything he could, playing 44 minutes on the second night of a back-to-back. Last year's #1 overall pick Anthony Edwards also put up 27 for the Wolves, and fellow rookie forward Jaden McDaniels scored 14 points and grabbed 8 boards.


To be expected, Joel Embiid was a bit rusty in his return but still finished with a pedestrian 24 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 blocks. One of his three blocks was in the closing seconds of the game on an Edwards layup attempt, which helped to ice the game for them. Not all that surprising, but he appeared to be on a minutes restriction, as he played only 28 minutes and was resting longer than normal down the stretch, in a game that was still hanging in the balance.


Tobias Harris starred for the Sixers, scoring 32 points on 13/17 from the floor. 12 of his 32 came in the final four minutes of the game, and hauled the load on offense, and made sure they took home the win. Ben Simmons was glad to see his all-star teammate back, as he was able to right his prior stretch of poor performances. He only scored 14 points but had 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, and only one turnover. He was really having turnover issues as of late, so it was good to see him take better of the ball and slow down.


Shake Milton continued with his recent string of impressive performances, registering 14 points in his 20 minutes of action off the bench. A big reason for his recent resurgence is his stark increase in three-point shooting. Since Embiid's injury in Washington, Milton has hit over 41% of his triples, which is a big jump from where it was before that stretch, at just 31%.


Both teams were forced to grind it out and play physical, as the two sides combined to shoot 73 free throws this game. Minnesota ranks just 27th of 30 NBA teams in team defensive rating, so the fact that they shot over 50% from the floor, and hit 12 of their 28 threes is impressive, but wasn't all that shocking. Despite a Herculean effort from their star, the offense just flowed all too well to


The Sixers swept the two-game season series against Minnesota with this win, which will improve them to 34-15. The Timberwolves will fall to 12-38. This win also marks the eighth consecutive win for Philadelphia over Minnesota, dating back to 2017.


The Sixers will be right back here on Sunday for their next matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies, before heading back out on the road. The Sixers newly-acquired veteran guard George Hill practiced with the team for the first time since the trade and should be ramping up toward making his team debut in the near future, as he recovers from a thumb injury that has kept him sidelined since January 24.

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