Joel Embiid knocked yet another double-double with team high 25 points and 17 rebounds. Embiid led the 76ers to turn up the defensive intensity to stop Kings from scoring. Seth Curry and Tobias Harris both scored 22 points each for the 76ers. The Sixers used a 10-0 run to take control of the game in the fourth and win for the sixth time in seven games.
De’ Aaron Fox had 15 points and five assists in the first quarter, the second time this season he has hit those marks in a single period having had 16 points and five assists in the third quarter vs. New Orleans on January 17. The only players to do that even once this season are Mavericks’ Luka Doncic and Phoenix’s Chris Paul.
Joel Embiid knocks double-double to lead 76ers pull away late over Kings
The Kings took a 99-97 lead on a layup by Harrison Barnes with 7:26 to go and then didn’t score again for nearly three minutes, missing seven straight shots and committing a turnover. De’Aaron Fox led the Kings with 34 points and 10 assists. Buddy Hield added 21 points and Marvin Bagley III had 17.
Shake Milton tied the game with a layup and then Harris and Milton hit 3-pointers to put Philadelphia up six points. Embiid’s two free throws made it 107-99 and the Sixers held on from there to snap Sacramento’s four-game winning streak.\
Having said that, the Philadelphia 76ers maintain their top spot in the Eastern Conference and would be up against Damian Lillard’s Portland Trail Blazers in their next encounter. While the Sacramento Kings would be hosting Orlando Magic next.