When Chris Paul missed his clutch free throw to put the game to bed, Joel Embiid took the rebound and threw an 85-foot right hand strike that struck the glass and bounced in and out of the basket as Phoenix Suns beat Philadelphia 76ers 116-113. Chris Paul and Devin Booke led the away side with 28 and 19 points respectively.
While Joel Embiid scored game high 38 points and 17 rebounds. The Suns improved their NBA-best road record to 19-7 and are second overall at 42-16 — 1 1/2 games behind Utah for the league lead.
Chris Paul, Devin Booker lead Phoenix Suns emerge victorious against Philadelphia 76ers
Joel Embiid left in the third when slammed his left knee on the court and sat behind the basket with a towel around his leg. He rested on his back and stretched his knee as the teams went basket-for-basket. Embiid jogged in place on the baseline and played cheerleader as the short-handed Philadelphia 76ers tried to hang with the Phoenix Suns. Embiid has missed 18 games this season with injuries, notably a bone bruise on his right knee that cost him 11 games after the All-Star break.
Chris Paul buried consecutive 3s for an 85-81 lead in Embiid’s absence and the All-Star center did not check back in until a shade over 6 minutes left the game and the 76ers down seven. Embiid buried a 3 in a late-game lineup where he was the only regular starter.
The 76ers played without starters Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris. Seth Curry also missed the game with a left hip flexor. The home team would certainly like all three back in time for this week’s two-game set in Milwaukee. Shake Milton, Furkan Korkmaz, and Matisse Thybulle joined Embiid and Danny Green in the lineup.