Em­biid has 42 points, 18 boards in 76ers’ OT win

Centre Daily Times - - Scoreboard - BY SARAH TODD Philadel­phia In­quirer/Daily News

What looked like it was go­ing to be an easy win for the 76ers turned into a nail-bit­ing 133-132 over­time win Fri­day against the Char­lotte Hor­nets.

The teams traded bas­kets and free throws for the first few pos­ses­sions in over­time be­fore a miss by Char­lotte’s Ma­lik Monk gave the Six­ers an op­por­tu­nity and Ben Sim­mons found room to fly into the paint to take a 131-127 lead.

Rookie Miles Bridges scored for Char­lotte but Sim­mons made his way to the free-throw line mak­ing good on his first at­tempt to line to give the Six­ers a three-point lead. The Hor­nets couldn’t con­nect on their next pos­ses­sion, and wrapped up Joel Em­biid, who made one of his free throws for a 133-129 lead.

Willy Her­nan­gomez made a 3-pointer as the over­time clock was ex­pir­ing but the Six­ers had enough to leave with the win and re­main un­beaten at home.

Trail­ing by three with un­der a minute to play in reg­u­la­tion it was Em­biid to the res­cue. The 7-foot cen­ter hit a 3-pointer to knot the game, 117-117. Em­biid fin­ished with 42 points and 18 re­bounds. On the other end Kemba Walker hit a layup to give the Hor­nets a two-point lead with 25 sec­onds left. But Cody Zeller com­mit­ted his sixth foul and Em­biid tied the game with a pair of free throws.

MATT SLOCUM AP

Philadel­phia’s Joel Em­biid came through with big free throws to lift the Six­ers to a hard-fought vic­tory.

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