World News – USA – Joel Embiid shakes off injuries and collects sixers past winless raptors


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PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Joel Embiid had 29 points, 16 rebounds and a scare as he briefly left the game with an injury and led The Philadelphia 76ers passed the winless Toronto Raptors 100-93 Tuesday night.

Embiid had all of Philadelphia held his breath when the tall man left with a leg injury. He went down at the beginning of the third quarter and grabbed his right lower leg while standing. Embiid, who missed Sunday’s Cleveland defeat with back stiffness, carefully walked into the locker room. Team President Daryl Morey and General Manager Elton Brand jumped from their seats in the courtyard and immediately walked into the locker room to check on their All-Star Center.

Embiid returned a few minutes later and checked back into the game with the Sixers 11. He pocketed 14 of 16 free throws – as many marks as Toronto (12 of 14) – to keep the Sixers in that one.

Tobias Harris had 26 points and 11 rebounds to help Embiid on a night the Sixers only shot 38% off the ground.

Kyle Lowry scored 24 points for the Raptors. Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby each had 20.

Philly-born and former Villanova star Lowry said the Raptors had to « find out » after a 2-0 start and a 14-point lead in the second half should have been enough to fix their early problems to solve.

Instead, they have lost the lead in one of the strangest ways. Aron Baynes appeared to hit a pump fake 3 with the shot clock just short of the 90-87 lead. Embiid missed a free throw when the officials stopped play and decided the shot clock had indeed expired and Baynes’ points had been wiped off the board. Embiid made a second free throw and the Sixers suddenly led one.

Seth Curry shot a 3 from the top of the bow that increased the 76’s lead to 96-91 and helped them get down to 3-1.

Ben Simmons, who had 11 points and 13 rebounds, joked before restarting last season that he was hoping boos would get into the bladder if the Sixers played poorly to really reflect the Philly vibe.

Simmons and the Sixers would have been booed from the pitch if the fans had seen a first-half disaster. Simmons and Embiid were terrible from the ground, a combined 2 of 11 start that gave Toronto an 11 point lead. Embiid had made all nine free throws to keep Philly at least competitive.

The Sixers are full of one-dimensional players who are struggling to get their own bucket. In year three, Simmons continues to enrage believers with his massive talent overshadowed by his desire to shoot beyond 15 feet. Simmons has surfaced in trade rumors – Morey said Simmons was off the table – but another dominant shooter would certainly help the 76ers.

Raptors: Coach Nick Nurse said the hardest part of adapting to life in Tampa, Florida is figuring out where the snacks are in the arena. But so far, so good for the Toronto-based Tampa Raptors. « There are many good sides, » said the nurse. “Everyone loves the weather. That seems to put a smile on all faces of the organization. ”… C Chris Boucher scored 22 points, had 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots against San Antonio on Saturday. He played the Sixers for 5 minutes.

76s: Embiid had at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in each of the first three games. He did so in 2018, and no 76s before him had reached that mild milestone since Charles Barkley in 1986.

Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors, Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris, Ben Simmons, Kyle Lowry, NBA

World News – USA – Joel Embiid shakes off injuries and collects Sixers past winning Raptors


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