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Embiid and 76ers send message in win over Lakers, Warriors edge Heat

By Sports Desk February 10, 2019

The Philadelphia 76ers' new roster were dominant in a 143-120 rout of LeBron James's Los Angeles Lakers.

Philadelphia claimed back-to-back wins since trading for star forward Tobias Harris from the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Lakers did not have an answer for NBA All-Star Joel Embiid, who posted 37 points and 14 rebounds on 12-of-16 shooting on Sunday, while Harris added 22 points.

Kyle Kuzma's 23-point first quarter kept Los Angeles in the game early. He finished with 39 points while James was one assist shy of a triple-double following 18 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.

The 76ers (36-20) will play Eastern Conference rivals the Boston Celtics on Tuesday, while Lakers dropped to 28-28 and will take on the Atlanta Hawks on the same day.

 

Doncic lifts Mavs

Luka Doncic recorded 28 points, nine rebounds and six assists to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a narrow 102-101 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Marvin Bagley III scored a career-high 32 points as the Sacramento Kings took down the Phoenix Suns 117-104.

Josh Richardson had a career-high 37 points for the Miami Heat in a 120-118 loss to the Golden State Warriors, who were inspired by Kevin Durant's 39 points at home.

 

Bullock fails to impress on the road

Recruit Reggie Bullock scored two points on one-of-five shooting in the Lakers' loss.

Isaiah Briscoe scored two points on one-of-eight shooting in the Orlando Magic's 124-108 win over Atlanta.

 

Redick doing Redick things

After receiving a pass from Ben Simmons on a fast break, 76ers veteran JJ Redick somehow nailed a three as he drifted out of bounds.

 

Sunday's results

Dallas Mavericks 102-101 Portland Trail Blazers
Sacramento Kings 117-104 Phoenix Suns
Golden State Warriors 120-118 Miami Heat
Philadelphia 76ers 143-120 Los Angeles Lakers
Orlando Magic 124-108 Atlanta Hawks

 

Trail Blazers at Thunder 

Portland are just behind the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference standings. The Thunder are riding a three-game winning streak and have been fuelled by the impressive play of Paul George. The Trail Blazers' dynamic backcourt will need to show up against one of the NBA's best defensive teams.

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    Philadelphia took home a 131-115 win over the Nets in game three of their opening round playoff series at the Barclays Center. The team were without Joel Embiid, who missed the matchup as he continues to deal with knee soreness.

    "It is becoming better slowly but surely," Embiid said before the game, via ESPN. "We just have to be smart about how we handle it every single day. But I'm sure these guys won't let me get on the court if there's a chance of something bad happening. So, I just got to trust the process.

    "Some days you got your days, and some other days are different. So, even in the games that I play, I just try to go out there and try to play for these guys, I try to help us win the series."

    Philadelphia entered the third quarter leading by seven and pulled away in the final period to secure the victory. They now lead the series 2-1.

    Ben Simmons scored a game-high 31 points and dished out nine assists to lead Philadelphia to the win. D'Angelo Russell finished with 26 points for the Nets in the losing effort.

    Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors dominated the Los Angeles Clippers from start to finish at the Staples Center.

    Golden State jumped out to an early lead, pushed their advantage to 21 by half-time and never looked back, cruising to an easy 132-105 road win.

    The Warriors connected on 54.8 per cent of their shots from the field and knocked down 15 of their 35 three-point attempts.

    Kevin Durant was fantastic for Golden State as he finished with 38 points on 14-of-23 shooting. Stephen Curry battled foul trouble but still tallied 21 points.

    The Warriors took a 2-1 advantage in the series with the victory. They led by as many as 31 points in game two but collapsed as the Clippers rallied for a win. Golden State did not make the same mistake on Thursday.

    Elsewhere, the seventh-seeded San Antonio Spurs grabbed a 2-1 lead in their series against the Denver Nuggets with a home win.

    The teams battled through the first three quarters before the Spurts took command in the final period en route to the 118-108 victory.

    Six Spurs players reached double figures, led by a career-high 36 points from guard Derrick White.

     

    Tobias Harris heroics

    Tobias Harris tallied 29 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in the 76ers' win. He also knocked down all six of his three-point attempts.

    Philadelphia center Boban Marjanovic came off the bench and registered a surprising 14 points, along with eight rebounds, against the Nets.

     

    Joe and Gary Harris horrible

    Joe Harris was two of seven shooting and finished with a minus-27 in the Nets' loss.

    Nuggets wing Gary Harris knocked down just four of his 13 shots and was a minus-27 in the loss to the Spurs.

    Clippers wing Danilo Gallinari was two-of-13 shooting and missed all eight of his three-point attempts in his team's loss to the Warriors.

     

    Super Simmons

    Simmons delivered a huge fourth-quarter dunk.

    White produced a steal and the slam.

    Klay Thompson had a nice cut to the basket.

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    Portland have dominated the Thunder so far and enter play on Friday with a 2-0 lead. Oklahoma City, on the other hand, have struggled to find their rhythm through the first two games. The Trail Blazers will have a chance to essentially wrap up the series at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

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    New York recently finished one of their worst seasons in franchise history, recording a 17-65 record.

    But, they have a chance to turn it around this offseason, as they will have a top draft choice and plenty of cap space.

    Knicks general manager Scott Perry said he was confident the team can appeal to top free agents in the offseason.

    "This is New York City," Perry told the New York Post. "It's the greatest city in the world. There's a lot of appeal here. Even though the team has struggled, it's a definite attraction to becoming a player in this city who can help turn this organisation around. I think that's something that gives us excitement that it's out there – the storied nature of this franchise and what the franchise meant to the NBA that still resonates.

    "I firmly believe [in] what we're doing, and we're going to get there. One way or another, we're going to get there.”

    Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving and Kemba Walker are just a few of the players who could hit free agency after 2018-19. New York should have the ability to sign two players to maximum contracts.

    President Steve Mills told The Post the Knicks were "hopeful and excited".

    "We're excited because now we're in position," Mills said. "There's a lot of noise and a lot of guys are interested in New York ... They like some of the changes we made in the organisation. We hear that from agents. We read it from guys getting interviewed about what guys feel about the Knicks. We hear that from other players. At least we're in the game, and hopeful something really good happens. But we won't know until it happens.

    "It also gives us the opportunity that if things don't happen in free agency, we're sticking to our plan. We're not going to sign the wrong players just because we have room and the fans have great expectations."

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  • Embiid to miss 76ers' game three against Nets Embiid to miss 76ers' game three against Nets

    Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid will not be on the floor against the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday.

    The 25-year-old, who continues to deal with knee soreness, has been ruled out for the third game of the 76ers' opening-round series against the Nets at the Barclays Center.

    "It's tough. That's what tendinitis is all about," Embiid told reporters after he was ruled out (via ESPN).

    "And some days you got your days and some other days is different. So even in the games that I play I just try to go out there and try to play for these guys … I try to help us win the series and eliminate them. So whatever, whatever I can do. But it's hard. I just got to keep pushing it and see how I do."

    Embiid was "a game-time decision" for the last two matchups. He took the court in game two and tallied 23 points, along with 10 rebounds, in Philadelphia's 145-123 win.

    Embiid was again involved in controversy in that victory. He was called for a flagrant foul after elbowing Jarrett Allen in the face and apologised for the incident following the game. Embiid and fellow 76ers star Ben Simmons then immediately started laughing.

    "We didn't really like that. We thought that was kind of disrespectful, especially after the elbow he threw," Nets guard Caris LeVert said on Wednesday, via the New York Daily News. "It is what it is. There's no love lost. It's a playoff series. We expect that."

    Embiid missed five of the 76ers' last seven regular-season games with the knee issue.

    Philadelphia coach Brett Brown described Embiid's injury as a "slippery slope" when he met with reporters last weekend.

    The two-time All-Star averaged 27.5 points and 13.6 rebounds in 33.7 minutes per game in 2018-19. He shot 48.4 per cent from the field and 30 per cent from three-point range.

    The 76ers and Nets entered play on Thursday with their series tied at 1-1.

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