NBA: Joel Embiid rallies 76ers past Nets

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FILE – Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers dribbles in the course of the fourth quarter towards the New York Knicks at Wells Fargo Middle on February 10, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Photos/AFP

Joel Embiid scored 37 factors and hit a pair of go-ahead free throws with 5.2 seconds remaining because the Philadelphia 76ers rallied down the stretch for a 101-98 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday in New York.

The Sixers outscored the Nets 16-4 over the ultimate 7:20 and beat Brooklyn for the third time in as many conferences when Spencer Dinwiddie’s doubtlessly game-tying, 32-foot 3-point try was dominated on replay to be after the ultimate buzzer.

Embiid saved the Sixers from a 3rd loss in 4 video games with a key rebound after hitting two clutch jumpers in the course of the workforce’s late, go-ahead scoring run.

Cam Thomas’ layup with 7:43 left opened a 94-85 lead for the Nets, however the Sixers ripped off a 10-2 spurt to get inside 96-95 on a 13-footer by Embiid with 3:56 remaining. Embiid answered Dinwiddie’s dunk with a brief jumper to make it 98-97 with 1:34 left, however James Harden missed a 3-point try almost a minute later.

With 12.2 seconds left, Dinwiddie misplaced the ball out of bounds close to the baseline.

The Sixers referred to as their remaining timeout and ran a play for Harden, who missed a layup with 6.2 seconds left. Embiid grabbed the offensive rebound and hit two free throws for a 99-98 lead with 5.2 seconds left.

After a Brooklyn timeout, Mikal Bridges missed a contested layup with 2.4 seconds left and Harden sank two free throws with 0.9 seconds remaining for the ultimate margin earlier than Dinwiddie’s near-miss.

Harden added 29 factors in a hostile return to Brooklyn, getting booed each time he touched the ball after he was granted a commerce from the Nets to the Sixers final yr.

Bridges scored 23 factors in his debut for the Nets after being obtained from the Phoenix Suns on Thursday for Kevin Durant. Joe Harris added 18 factors for the Nets, Thomas contributed 14 and Cameron Johnson chipped in 12 after being acquired with Bridges.

The Nets held a 60-52 lead by halftime and opened a 68-58 lead when Nic Claxton sped by Embiid for a strong dunk. They took a 74-62 edge on a jumper by Bridges with 4 minutes left within the third quarter and held an 82-76 lead heading into the fourth.

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