Em­biid scores 32 in vic­tor y

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - SPORTS -

LOS AN­GE­LES — The 76ers had their eyes on the fu­ture Mon­day night, and it cer­tainly looked bright.

Their present wasn’t too bad, ei­ther.

Philadel­phia has sev­eral tal­ented young play­ers and three of them — cen­ter Joel Em­biid, for­ward Robert Cov­ing­ton and guard Ben Sim­mons — had it all work­ing in a 109-105 vic­tory over the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers.

Em­biid put up 32 points and 16 re­bounds in a ca­reer­high 36 min­utes and had his way with Clip­pers cen­ter De­An­dre Jor­dan, a de­fen­sive stand­out.

Robert Cov­ing­ton added 31 points, in­clud­ing a key 3-pointer that gave the Six­ers the lead for good with 33 sec­onds re­main­ing. Ben Sim­mons had 22 points and 12 re­bounds.

T he 23-year-old Em­biid and 21-year-old Sim­mons dom­i­nated for much of the night.

“They’re two of the best p l aye r s in the league al­ready,” Six­ers guard JJ Redick said. “They’re both MVP-cal­iber play­ers. They’re fan­tas­tic and we’re all along for the ride.”

The Clip­pers lost their sixth straight de­spite get­ting 31 points off the bench from Lou Wil­liams. Blake Grif­fin added 29 but failed to score in the fourth quar­ter, go­ing 0 for 4.

Los An­ge­les ral­lied from a 14-point deficit to lead by five with 2:11 to play, but the Six­ers made all the key plays down the stretch.

“We took bad shots,” Grif­fin said. “I took bad shots. We got stag­nant and just didn’t trust our of­fense.”

Sim­mons made all three of his shots for nine points in the fourth quar­ter and had four re­bounds.

“He’s a dif­fer­ence-maker,” said Six­ers coach Brett Brown.

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