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Spot­light on Joel Em­biid: It took two years for the 7-foot cen­ter to fi­nally get to his rookie sea­son in the NBA, but the way he’s play­ing through a quar­ter of his first sea­son is show­ing that he was worth the wait. Able to score in­side and out­side, the 22-year-old Kansas prod­uct was se­lected East­ern Con­fer­ence rookie of the month af­ter av­er­ag­ing 18.2 points and 7.8 re­bounds per game in Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber. Em­biid, drafted in 2014 but side­lined for two sea­sons be­cause of in­juries, is do­ing all of this on re­stricted play­ing time as the 76ers bring him along cau­tiously.

Nuggets guard Will Barton tries to score Satur­day night in Salt Lake City against Jazz cen­ter Rudy Gobert. Rick Bowmer, The As­so­ci­ated Press

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