Embiid's double-double powers 76ers past Knicks

Paola Ditto
Dicembre 6, 2018

Embiid put on a show with his father in the stands for the first time this season, collecting 26 points and 14 rebounds while leading the Philadelphia 76ers to a 117-91 win over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.

Embiid's spin move into a one-handed jam earned a smile and applause from Thomas Embiid, a colonel in the Cameroon military who is visiting from the family's home country and plans to spend a few weeks with his MVP candidate son. While Korver certinaly isn't a awful defender, the Sixers are specifically looking for a versatile wing player, who can defend multiple positions.

Embiid was aces against the Knicks.

Butler had 34 points, including a 3-pointer with.4 seconds left, to lift the 76ers to a 127-125 win at Brooklyn on Sunday.

More impressively though, with the win at Wells Fargo Center, the 76ers are now 11-1 on their home court.

Philly's last home game was a rare disaster, a 121-112 loss to woeful Cleveland on Friday.

His coach, Brett Brown, was more impressed by Butler's hustle on the previous play, when he dived for a loose ball to secure the final possession.

The Knicks are coming off a game in which they exploded for 38 fourth-quarter points themselves, but an early deficit proved too hard to overcome against the surprising Pistons, who improved to 11-7 on the year. JJ Redick had 24 points while Ben Simmons had 14 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

The Philadelphia 76ers began this season with a rough start, and like any team that deals with uncertainty, especially when it comes to young players, they acted quickly when they saw they could bolster their lineup by acquiring a star player in Jimmy Butler.

"I'd say, we're just getting better", Simmons said after the game. "It certainly increases the dopamine levels in your brain".

Enes Kanter and Mario Hezonja each scored 17 points for the Knicks, who have played 9 of 12 games on the road. The team has said they have no intention of trading him although the rumors say otherwise.

Embiid had his 18th game of the season with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds and could have grabbed a seat with his father and chilled out in the fourth.

Knicks: Fizdale said struggling draft picks Mitchell Robinson and Knox will not be sent to the G League.

Fultz was the No. 1 overall pick out of Washington in the 2017 NBA Draft.

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