A good bit of defensive playmaking in the third quarter from Joel Embiid gave the Sixers a lead they would not relinquish, 105-94.
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The Sixers looked primed to win their eighth consecutive game pretty much from the opening jump ball to the middle of the second quarter. But, they turned off the effort switch as quickly as they turned it on.
Saturday's signature stepback three over Jokic wasn't a game-winning shot. But, it was the culmination of being passed on for awards in each of the past two seasons despite putting in the work to be a truly elite two-way player. Embiid's 12 points in the fourth quarter on the biggest regular-season stage of his career represented, on a human level, the surgical release of years of pent-up frustration.
Joel Embiid outdueled two-time reigning MVP Nikola Jokic handily, making a statement for his MVP consideration and earning the Sixers a marquee win, 126-119.
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A late run from the Sixers helped stave off the Nets in an offensive slugfest, 137-133.
Tyrese Maxey scored 32 points to lead the Embiid-less and Harden-less Sixers back from a 21-point deficit to win, 129-127.
A brutal first half of shooting for the Blazers helped the Sixers build a lead they wouldn't relinquish in a 105-95 win.
Joel Embiid scored 41 points to power the Sixers to victory, 120-110.
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Joel Embiid and James Harden filled it up, but Georges Niang made a critical defensive play to secure the win for the Sixers, 113-112.
A little more than Halfway through the 2022-23 NBA season, the Sixers sit at 26-16, good for the 4-seed in the Eastern Conference and just two games in the loss column back of the 2-seed.