Joel Embiid hits the game winner by 5.7 seconds to give the 76ers a late win over Jazz
Joel Embiid jumped 5.7 seconds to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 118-117 win over the Utah Jazz on Saturday night.
James Harden had 31 points and 11 assists to lead Philadelphia. Embiid scored 30 points and seven rebounds. Tyrese Maxey scored 21 points and Shake Milton added 17.
Jordan Clarkson scored 38 points and 9 rebounds for Utah. Talen Horton-Tucker had a season-high with 20 points from the bench. Mike Conley added 14 points and eight assists while Walker Kessler finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (right) shoots the winning basket Saturday night
After trailing by double digits for most of the game, Utah took their first lead 115-114 on Kessler’s tip-in basket with 33 seconds remaining.
Harden and Clarkson then traded the go-ahead before Embiid’s jumper finally gave Philadelphia the lead. Clarkson missed a 3-pointer on Utah’s last possession.
Lauri Markkanen was sidelined with a contusion to his left hip and the Jazz struggled early on to fill the gap left by their top scorer in attack.
The 76ers pushed well forward in the first quarter behind their own strong offense. Philadelphia shot 65% from the field in the first 12 minutes after firing 14 of their first 19 shots and posted a season-high 41 points in the first quarter.
James Harden of the Philadelphia 76ers dribbles the ball onto the field against the Utah Jazz
Clarkson cut the deficit to two with a jumper before the 76ers responded with a 13-2 run to open the game. Maxey made three straight baskets, including consecutive 3-pointers, to underscore the spurt that gave Philadelphia a 22-9 lead midway through the first quarter.
Utah shot just 37.5% from the field and was as much as 20 points behind in the first quarter.
The Jazz rallied and pulled back to a point in the third quarter, cutting Philadelphia’s lead to 81-80 after Clarkson and Conley made back-to-back baskets to spark a 14-3 run.
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid celebrates after beating the Utah Jazz
Celts 122, hornets 106
Jayson Tatum scored 17 of his 33 points in a crucial third quarter, Malcolm Brogdon added 30 points and Boston beat Charlotte to extend their winning streak to six.
Al Horford had 16 points and Marcus Smart added 13 points and 12 assists for the Celtics, who had 19 3-pointers and made up a 16-point deficit in the first half.
LaMelo Ball finished the tournament with 31 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for Charlotte. Terry Rozier had 21 points for the Hornets, who have lost seven of their last eight games.
Tatum, who had 35 points in a 140-105 loss for the Hornets on Nov. 28, shrugged off a slow start and an early technical foul to finish 12 of 27.
Tatum drives between Charlotte Hornets center Mason Plumlee and forward Cody Martin
Grizzlies 130, Pacers 112
Ja Morant had 23 points, 10 assists and another wild dunk, and the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Indiana Pacers 130-112 on Saturday night to extend the NBA’s longest current winning streak to nine games.
Desmond Bane scored 25 points to lead the Grizzlies, who tied Denver 29-13 for the Western Conference’s best record.
Neither Bane nor Morant were needed in the fourth quarter. Morant’s high-flying slam over Jalen Smith made it a 20-point game with 4:20 in the third and Memphis leading by as much as 34 points in the fourth.
Santi Aldama added 17 points and Ziaire Williams added 13 for the Grizzlies.
Reserve guard Chris Duarte scored 25 points for the Pacers. Rookie Bennedict Mathurin had 16 and TJ McConnell had 13.
Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant shoots around Indiana Pacers forward Jalen Smith
Heat 111, dollars 95
Gabe Vincent scored 27 points, Bam Adebayo had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Miami defeated Milwaukee.
Victor Oladipo added 20 points and Jimmy Butler had 16 for the Heat. Miami won its second straight win over the Bucks after a 108-102 home win on Thursday.
Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo missed both games against Miami due to left knee pain. The heat was also undermanned with guards Tyler Herro (Achilles pain) Kyle Lowry (knee trouble) sitting out.
Bobby Portis had 15 points, Pat Connaughton had 14 points and Brook Lopez finished with 13 points for the Bucks, who finished their road trip 2-2.
Gabe Vincent goes to the basket while the Milwaukee Bucks guard Grayson Allen and Bobby Portis
Falcons 114, birds of prey 103
Trae Young had 29 points, Dejounte Murray had 27, and Atlanta was never behind in a win over Toronto.
Onyeka Okongwu had 10 points and 13 rebounds, and AJ Griffin came off the bench and scored 13 goals as the Hawks won for the third time in four games after losing five of their previous six. Atlanta won Friday in Indiana with a last-second penalty from John Collins.
Ninth-ranked Atlanta came in one game ahead of tenth-ranked Toronto in Eastern Conference standings. The Hawks won the teams’ third and final meeting of the regular season to win the series 2-1.
Scottie Barnes led Toronto with 27 points and 12 rebounds, and Pascal Siakam scored 15 points before fouling.
Atlanta Hawks’ Trae Young shoots over Toronto Raptors’ Pascal Siakam
WOODWOLVES 110, CAVALIERS 102
Anthony Edwards scored 26 points and Minnesota got a huge boost off the bench in a win over Cleveland.
Naz Reid scored 17 of Minnesota’s 56 bank points while Jalen Nowell had 16. Luka Garza added nine for the undermanned Wolves.
Minnesota was without Rudy Gobert in the second half due to right groin pain, and Jaden McDaniels picked up his fifth foul just 2:37 into the second half.
Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen both scored 19 points for Cleveland, and Darius Garland added 15. Donovan Mitchell, doubtful for Saturday’s game due to illness, finished the game with 14 points on 5-of-16 shooting.
Timberwolves Anthony Edwards handles the ball against Cavaliers forward Isaac Okoro
ROADBREAKER 136, MAVERICKS 119
Damian Lillard had 36 points and 10 assists, and the Portland Trail Blazers ended a five-game losing streak with a 136-119 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night.
Jusuf Nurkic added 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Blazers, who face the Mavericks again on Sunday night.
Spencer Dinwiddie led Dallas by 25 points. Luka Doncic was held at a season-low with 15 points before Mavericks coach Jason Kidd pulled him off with seven minutes to go.
Portland Trail Blazers Damian Lillard kicks the ball over Cleveland Cavaliers Isaac Okoro
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/nba/article-11636969/Joel-Embiid-hits-game-winner-5-7-seconds-left-76ers-late-win-Jazz.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Joel Embiid hits the game winner by 5.7 seconds to give the 76ers a late win over Jazz