JOEL Embiid capped his career-best outing with a pair of crucial free throws in the closing seconds as the Philadelphia 76ers escaped with a 108-107 win over the Brooklyn Nets at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday (Monday, Manila time).
Embiid did most of the damage in the third quarter, scoring 17 of his personal-high 33 points, but also played big in the fourth as Philadelphia unleashed an 11-0 run to start the final period and took a 94-86 lead with 9:09 left.
Brooklyn stormed back to regain the lead, 98-97, after holding Philadelphia without a field goal for almost five minutes. Embiid, who sat out during the Nets rally, made an immediate impact on his return with a three-pointer to put the Sixers up 100-98.
After Jeremy Lin put Brooklyn within one with a triple at the 1:35 mark, both teams traded bricks and turnovers before Embiid drew a foul and sank a pair of clutch free throws to put Philadelphia up for good, 104-101, with 12.5 ticks remaining. Robert Covington and Ersan Ilyasova also hit their own charities in the closing seconds to keep Brooklyn at bay.
Embiid shot 12-of-17, including two triples, to go with 10 boards and three blocks on his career game as the Sixers snapped a two-game slide and now stand at 7-20. Ilyasova added 20 points off the bench, and Covington chipped in 15.
Brook Lopez led the Nets with 22 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and four blocks. Joe Harris and Lin added 19 and 16 markers, respectively, off the bench for Brooklyn who fell to 7-19.