Em­biid scores 42, is clutch at the line

Los Angeles Times - - NBA -

Joel Em­biid stepped to the freethrow line with one thought in mind in crit­i­cal mo­ments of the Philadel­phia 76ers’ over­time win over the Char­lotte Hor­nets.

“Got to make them,” Em­biid said. “They call me ‘clutch’ for a rea­son, so got to make them.”

Em­biid was 14 for 16 from the line be­tween the fourth quar­ter and over­time to help ice the 76ers’ 133-132 vic­tory Fri­day night. He had 42 points and 18 re­bounds.

The Hor­nets fought back from a 21-point deficit and led by five with 1:18 left in reg­u­la­tion be­fore the Six­ers forced ex­tra time. Kemba Walker scored 19 of his 30 points in the fourth quar­ter for the Hor­nets.

Em­biid thrives on get­ting to the line where he is shoot­ing 81.8%, up from 76.9% last sea­son.

“Our bigs were great,” Hor­nets coach James Bor­rego said. “They bat­tled him. I thought they were fan­tas­tic de­fen­sively. They tried to beat him to spots. I don’t know what to tell them when Em­biid shoots 16 free throws in the fourth quar­ter and over­time.”

The Six­ers im­proved to 7-0 at home, the most home wins to start the sea­son since 2002-03.

at Utah 123, Bos­ton 115: Joe In­gles matched his ca­reer high with 27 points and added a sea­son-high seven as­sists. Gor­don Hay­ward had 13 points and seven as­sists in his first game back in Utah.

Brook­lyn 112, at Den­ver 110: Caris LeV­ert hit a floater in the lane with three-tenths of a sec­ond left as the Nets scored the last six points to win their third straight. The Nuggets’ Nikola Jo­kic had a sea­son-high 37 points and tied his ca­reer best with 21 re­bounds.

at Sacra­mento 121, Min­nesota 110:

Wil­lie Cauley-Stein had 25 points to drop the Tim­ber­wolves to 0-8 on the road. Karl-An­thony Towns had 39 points and 19 re­bounds.

In­di­ana 110, at Mi­ami 102: Vic­tor Oladipo had 22 points and 10 as­sists, and Bo­jan Bog­danovic hit a go-ahead three-pointer with just un­der a minute left.

Detroit 124, at At­lanta 109: The Pis­tons’ An­dre Drum­mond had 23 points and 11 re­bounds for the 300th dou­ble-dou­ble of his ca­reer, most in the league since his rookie sea­son of 2012-13.

at Or­lando 117, Wash­ing­ton 108:

Nikola Vuce­vic had 21 points and 14 re­bounds, and D.J. Au­gustin had six points, an as­sist and a steal af­ter the Wiz­ards cut a 25-point deficit to one with 2:30 re­main­ing.

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