Joel Embiid lifts Sixers past Kemba Walker and Hornets in OT

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

Leading the way for the 76ers was Embiid, who had a season-high 42 points, to go with 18 rebounds and four blocks.

The Philadelphia 76ers are the favorite at -5.5, 70.9% have picked the Philadelphia 76ers to cover the spread.

A 15-point loss in Milwaukee has given the Sixers an 0-3 clip on the road against the only three Eastern Conference teams ahead of them in the current standings.

YES. Only the Heat and Bulls have allowed more blocks to opponents than the Hornets, who are at 6.8 per game.

Ben Simmons racked up 22 points, eight rebounds and 13 assists while Dario Saric added 18 points and nine rebounds while JJ Redick added 17 off the bench as the Sixers improved to 7-0 at home for the first time since 2002-03.


Jokic got hot for a change, but the Nuggets still couldn't cool off the Nets who have won four of their last five games. The 7-foot center had 15 points in only 17 minutes. He scored eight points in a career-high 11 minutes. However, Charlotte needs someone else to step up in crunch time, because teams are going to be focusing and expanding so much energy on guarding Walker. They tried to beat him to spots. 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. Jeremy Lin had 19 points for Atlanta.

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

With 20 seconds remaining in overtime and the 76ers up by three points over the Charlotte Hornets, Simmons blocked a Kemba Walker three-point attempt in the corner, before recovering and contesting Miles Bridges' attempt from downtown. He made 12 of his 22 attempts from the field, for a 54.5% field goal percentage (1/2 from the line, 4/10 from three-point range).

Donovan Mitchell added 21 points for Utah, Jae Crowder had 20, and Rudy Gobert finished with 17 points and 15 rebounds. However, in his rookie season Fultz only appeared in 14 games due to various injuries, and struggled mightily with his jump shot.

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

Walker is second in the National Basketball Association in scoring this season at 28.1 points per game. Philadelphia managed to tie it in the closing seconds and Walker's potential game-winner at the fourth-quarter buzzer came up short. He's averaging 14.1 PTS, 9.4 REB, 7.5 AST, 1.6 STL and 0.6 BLK with 3.3 TO for the 2018-2019 season. The Hornets are also third in blocks defensively at 6.5 per game, with Philadelphia not far behind at 5.8.

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