Behind a triple-double from Ben Simmons, The Philadelphia 76ers beat the Los Angeles Clippers 110-103 on Tuesday night.
Despite listening to pregame boos from the Philly fans, Joel Embiid added 26 and 9 rebounds of his own as the Sixers moved to 25-2 at home this year.
While Embiid is averaging a double-double this season, relations between he and the Philly faithful are tense. In Sunday’s game vs. the Chicago Bulls cameras caught him telling fans to shut up. Then on Monday, Embiid and Jimmy Butler of the Miami Heat exchanged comments on instagram with Butler seeming to suggest Embiid reunite with him in Miami.
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After the game, head coach Brett Brown said after the game this was the performance he expected.
After getting through the pregame distractions, the Embiid and the Sixers attention turned to the game. He started the game with a put-back bucket off of a Ben Simmons miss and the pregame drama was forgotten.
Kawhi Leonard lit up the Wells Fargo Center, pouring in 30 points and finishing an assist short of a double-double.But the 76ers held the rest of the Clippers starters to 54 combined points and claimed a 58-38 advantage in points in the paint to hang on to a seven point victory.
In what was a closely played contest, the Sixers starters made the difference. They scored 90 combined points with Tobias Harris (17) and Josh Richardson (21) supplementing Simmons and Embiid. In addition to his 26 points and 12 rebounds, Simmons added 1o assists to record his sixth triple-double of the year.
Despite the disparity in production from the starting lineup’s, the game was close from start to finish. The margin was never more than 12 points and featuring nine lead changes. But the fourth quarter belonged to Philadelphia, who used a 12-4 run to open up a 105-94 lead with 3:37 left in the game. Just as the game began with lots of attention on Embiid, so it ended.
He and Marcus Morris Sr. (who have a bit of a history) got wrapped up under the basket. The ensuing scrum resulted in double technical fouls for the players. After the game, Morris Sr. had little to say about the incident but did take a bit of a jab at the NBA.
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“We are both physical guys,” Morris said afterward. “It was cool, man. He was just, like, wrapping arms and stuff like that. I ain’t going to say nothing because they like to fine me, so I am going to keep my mouth shut. It is what it is.”
The Sixers get some well earned rest, with their next game coming after the All Star break. They will look to build on their 25-2 home record when they welcome the Brooklyn Nets.