Sixers slip past Brooklyn
PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid scored 17 of his career-high 33 points in the third quarter and hit a pair of free throws with 12.5 seconds left to lead the Philadelphia 76ers over the Brooklyn Nets, 108-107, on Sunday night in a matchup of two of the league’s worst teams.
Embiid added 10 rebounds and Ersan Ilyasova had 22 points for the 76ers, who snapped an eight-game home losing streak while winning for the third time in 13 games.
A leading Rookie of the Year candidate, Embiid was 12 for 17 from the field, including 2 for 3 from beyond the arc, and 7 for 8 from the free-throw line.
Brook Lopez had 22 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Nets, who lost their ninth in a row on the road.
Celtics 105, Heat 95 At Miami, Isaiah Thomas scored 23 points before getting ejected, Avery Bradley added 20 and Boston built a huge early lead on the way to beating Miami.
Al Horford had 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Celtics. They led by 22 in the first half and beat Miami for the fifth consecutive time.
Miami turned the ball over 23 times, and Boston converted those into 24 points. And the Heat, the worst free-throw shooting team in the NBA, went 6 for 14 from the line in the fourth quarter.
Wizards 117, Clippers 110 At Washington, Bradley Beal scored 41 points, Markieff Morris had 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, and the Wizards beat the Los Angeles Clippers.
John Wall added 18 points and 11 assists for the Wizards. They closed with a 22-8 run to win their third straight game and fifth in six.
Blake Griffin scored 26 points for the Clippers, but was held scoreless during a fourth quarter in which coach Doc Rivers was ejected.
Jazz 82, Grizzlies 73 At Memphis, Gordon Hayward scored 22 points and Rudy Gobert had 21 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks, helping Utah win a defensive battle.
The win —Utah’s fourth straight and seventh in the last eight — came after the Jazz broke open a close game with about four minutes remaining.
Boris Diaw, Hayward and Shelvin Mack connected on a trio of 3-pointers, turning a 66-all tie into a Jazz win. Diaw had 11 points and Mack had 10.
Spurs 113, Pelicans 100 At San Antonio, LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points and San Antonio paid tribute to Tim Duncan on his jersey retirement night with a fundamentally strong performance.
San Antonio won its fourth straight overall and fourth consecutive at home after a slow start at the AT&T Center.
Raptors 109, Magic 79 At Orlando, Fla., DeMar DeRozan scored 31 points and Jonas Valanciunas added 16 points and 13 rebounds, helping Toronto beat Orlando.
DeRozan has scored at least 30 points in four straight games and 15 times overall this season. Toronto exploded in the third quarter to open a 20-point lead and has scored 100 points in 14 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NBA.
Mavericks 99, Kings 79 At Dallas, Rookie Dorian Finney-Smith scored a season-high 17 points, leading six Dallas players in double figures.
After losing to Sacramento by 31 points at home 11 days ago, the Mavericks started fast. They made 11 of their first 15 shots and never trailed.
DeMarcus Cousins scored 33 for Sacramento.