Embiid’s mon­ster night car­ries 76ers to OT win

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(Field Level Me­dia) Joel Embiid had a sea­son-high 42 points to go along with 18 re­bounds and four blocked shots to lift the Philadel­phia 76ers past the vis­it­ing Char­lotte Hor­nets 133-132 in over­time last night.

It was the eighth game for Embiid this sea­son with at least 30 points and 10 re­bounds.

Ben Sim­mons racked up 22 points, eight re­bounds and 13 as­sists while Dario Saric added 18 points and nine re­bounds while JJ Redick added 17 off the bench as the Six­ers im­proved to 7-0 at home for the first time since 2002-03.

Kemba Walker scored 22 of his 30 points in the fourth quar­ter and over­time as Jeremy Lamb added 17. Dwayne Ba­con also had 15 for the Hor­nets, who had their two-game win­ning streak snapped.

Sim­mons knocked down a pair of free throws and Saric fol­lowed with his fourth 3-pointer of the half for a 65-50 Philadel­phia ad­van­tage head­ing into the locker room.

The Six­ers led 100-91 three min­utes into the fourth as Walker con­tin­ued to struggle, miss­ing 15 of his 17 shots. On Char­lotte’s next pos­ses­sion, how­ever, Walker drilled a 3-pointer and the Six­ers’ lead was cut to 100-94.

Walker stayed hot and sud­denly the Hor­nets trailed just 104-103 af­ter a 15foot jumper with 6:53 left.

Ba­con came back with a jumper on Char­lotte’s next pos­ses­sion and the Hor­nets moved ahead 105-104 with 6:27 re­main­ing.

Af­ter Embiid hit a pair of free throws, Walker pro­ceeded to hit a triple from the top of the key for a 117-112 lead with 1:18 left.

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