PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid had 24 factors and eight rebounds in his return to Philadelphia’s lineup, and Tobias Harris scored 32 to guide the 76ers to a 122-113 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday evening.
Ben Simmons added 14 factors, eight rebounds and 6 assists for Philadelphia (34-15), which pulled even with idle Brooklyn for one of the best document within the Japanese Convention.
Embiid missed the earlier 10 video games as a consequence of a bone bruise in his left knee. The four-time All-Star and MVP candidate entered averaging 29.9 factors and 11.5 rebounds in 31 video games this season.
Philadelphia followers have been comfortable to see their favourite huge man again in motion, serenading a smiling Embiid with “M-V-P! M-V-P!” chants when he was proven on the massive display throughout warmups.
Together with his left knee closely wrapped, Embiid moved effectively however his sport wasn’t fairly as sharp because it had been previous to the damage, which he sustained on March 12 at Washington. Embiid shot 6 of 14 from the sector, however missed all 4 3-point tries, and transformed 12 of 17 free throws.
Karl-Anthony Cities had 39 factors, 14 rebounds and 5 assists for the Timberwolves, whose NBA-worst document fell to 12-38. Anthony Edwards added 27 factors.
Led by Cities’ 17 factors and eight rebounds, Minnesota hung round within the first half and trailed simply 64-60 on the break. Philadelphia used a fast 13-Zero run to begin the second half, over which the 76ers didn’t miss a shot, to take management. The spurt was capped by Seth Curry’s free throw that made it 77-60 with 9:03 left within the third quarter following a technical foul on Minnesota coach Chris Finch.
That was an excessive amount of floor for the Timberwolves to make up — though they did make it a sport late.
Minnesota bought as shut as 4 on a number of events within the final 5 minutes, the final on Edwards’ dunk with 2:02 left. However Harris was an excessive amount of down the stretch, developing with a solution for the 76ers each time the Timberwolves bought shut. Harris hit the ultimate 4 76ers subject targets, together with a driving dunk that made it 117-111 with 1:46 to play.
Cities offered a spotlight within the first half when he dunked over Embiid with 8:15 left within the second quarter. The 2 gamers have an adversarial historical past, with each incomes suspensions for a combat throughout an October 2019 sport in Philadelphia that was adopted by a postgame trade of social media barbs.
Cities, booed throughout introductions and every time he touched the ball, adopted up the dunk with an emphatic block of Matisse Thybulle’s layup try on Philadelphia’s ensuing possession.
Embiid gained some revenge late within the half when he crossed over Cities, was fouled and hit a brief baseline jumper earlier than touchdown on the court docket.
Philadelphia’s huge man spun Cities round with a tough foul with 7:04 left within the third, however nothing got here of it. Embiid tried to maintain Cities calm, though Cities walked away trying sad. Finch needed the officers to evaluate the play for a attainable flagrant foul, however there was no evaluate.
Embiid did get whistled for a Flagrant 1 foul with 7:38 left within the fourth when he slashed down at Cities’ arms as he was driving to the basket.
Timberwolves: Finch, a Pennsylvania native from Studying, mentioned he had pals in attendance. … Ricky Rubio (again) and Malik Beasley (hamstring) didn’t play. … Minnesota dropped to 5-21 on the street.
76ers: Improved to 20-Four at house and 17-5 in opposition to groups below .500. … Veteran G George Hill participated in non-contact drills at shootaround. Hill, acquired by the 76ers on March 25, has been out since Jan. 24 with a thumb damage. … Embiid has missed 16 video games with again and knee accidents this season.
Timberwolves: Host the Sacramento Kings on Monday.
76ers: Host the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday.