Embiid has 42 points, 18 rebounds in 76ers’ OT win

Rex Christensen
November 11, 2018

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76ers center Joel Embiid was determined to live up to his nickname Friday against the Hornets.

Joel Embiid had another monstrous outing for the 76ers, finishing with game highs in scoring (42 points) rebounding (18) and blocks (four).

The Philadelphia 76ers are the favorite at -5.5, 70.9% have picked the Philadelphia 76ers to cover the spread. The Hornets star needed 31 shots to rack up his 37 points in that game.

Embiid scored a season-high 42 points and Simmons logged 22 points, eight rebounds, 13 assists, two steals and three blocks on an efficient 9-of-15 shooting from the field. He helped save the 76ers from what would have been an embarrassing and disheartening loss at home.

If someone not named Kemba can step up late in the game, that will be a major plus to the Charlotte Hornets as they look to improve late in games.

Donovan Mitchell added 21 points for Utah, Jae Crowder had 20, and Rudy Gobert finished with 17 points and 15 rebounds.

Aside from Pacers guard Victor Oladipo having his way offensively yet again, cruising to a season-high 36 points, seven assists and six rebounds, the Sixers were resilient until the final buzzer.

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Simmons was much better at taking care of the ball Wednesday against IN, as it was his first game this season with fewer than two turnovers.

The 76ers' (7-5) struggles on the road in the early going has been apparent. The 76ers' Over/Under lines have averaged 225.4 in the past two weeks and their games have resulted in an Over/Under average of -9.7. Philadelphia is 19th in the National Basketball Association in points allowed to opponents, and while Walker is certainly capable of reaching nine points in the first quarter, it's not that likely.

That's why Embiid couldn't just settle with claiming the upper hand last week in his second battle of the season with longtime nemesis Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons by outscoring him in the first half, 32-0.

The Hornets' Kemba Walker scored 22 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter and overtime as Jeremy Lamb added 17.

In the last 6 games, the Hornets have gone 4-2 with an average point differential of 13.

The Pistons made a season-high 20 of 47 attempts from behind the 3-point arc and rolled to their second straight win after a five-game losing streak, despite just six points from Blake Griffin, their leading scorer at 27.3 per game coming in. He has averaged 27.7 PTS, 12.4 REB, 3.4 AST, 0.2 STL and 2.2 BLK with 2.9 TO.

Simmons blocked a potential game-tying 3-pointer by Walker on the baseline to preserve the win.

Sitting with a 6-5 record, the Charlotte Hornets have had some solid play during the first 11 games of the season.

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