Joel Embiid scored 34 points and turned the game from three playoff points to 3:14 remaining as the Philadelphia 76ers made all the games in the 110-102 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday in New York.
Embiid shot 11 of 23 from the field and scored at least 30 points for the seventh consecutive away game. His basket and subsequent free throw kicked off Philadelphia’s 13-5 run.
Tyrese Maxey added 25 points and scored five of Philadelphia’s 13 points. Seth Curry added 17 points for the Sixers, who shot 42% on a night they were coached by assistant Dan Burke after coach Doc Rivers was entered into the COVID-19 protocol.
Kevin Durant returned after missing three NBA health and safety protocol games and scored 33 points for the Nets. James Harden has made his second triple double in three games since returning from protocol with 33 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists.
The NBA results on Thursday night
- Philadelphia 76ers 110-102 Brooklyn Nets
- Washington Wizards 110-93 Cleveland Cavaliers
- Milwaukee Bucks 136-118 Orlando Magic
Beal double double leads Wizards to victory over the Cavs
Bradley Beal amassed 29 points and 10 assists in peak season upon his return from health and safety protocol to fuel host Washington for a 110-93 win over Cleveland.
Beal made 13 field shots out of 23 for the Wizards, which also saw Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (four of 3, 12 points) and Anthony Gill (eight points) returning from protocol. Spencer Dinwiddie, however, got into health and safety protocol before the game.
Cleveland’s Kevin Love collected 24 points and 11 rebounds and rookie Evan Mobley scored 14 of his 21 points in the first quarter. Lauri Markkanen and Isaac Okoro each added 11 points for the Cavaliers, who were playing their first game since Ricky Rubio sustained an anterior cruciate ligament injury on Tuesday in a 108-104 setback in New Orleans.
Bucks Seal Magic Sweep Season
Giannis Antetokounmpo put in 33 points and 12 rebounds, helping Milwaukee complete the regular season win over host Orlando with a 136-118 win.
Jrue Holiday scored 25 points and seven assists and Khris Middleton added 22 points and six assists as the Bucks finished December with a five-game winning streak. DeMarcus Cousins fueled a key run with 13 of his 15 points arriving in the third quarter, and Bobby Portis and Donte DiVincenzo each scored 11 points and nine rebounds.
Orlando has lost five consecutive home games for the first time this season.
The Magic are 2-13 – and 0-11 against Eastern Conference opponents – at the Amway Center. All nine Magic players made it to the score column, led by Franz Wagner’s 20-point performance, who followed a 38-point performance against Milwaukee on Tuesday.
Wagner scored in double figures for the 18th straight game, giving the second longest streak by a rookie in franchise history.