Embiid scores 42 as 76ers stay perfect at home

Embiid scores 42 as 76ers stay perfect at home
AFP

Los Angeles (AFP) – Joel Embiid finished with 42 points and 18 rebounds as the Philadelphia 76ers improved to 7-0 at home with a 133-132 win in overtime over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday.

Embiid scored 16 points in the fourth including a game-tying three pointer with 34 seconds left on the clock.

Ben Simmons, who has been having difficulties holding onto the ball of late, returned to form and finished with 22 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds for the 76ers.

Kemba Walker scored 19 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter for the Hornets, who were coming off back-to-back victories over Cleveland and Atlanta.

Charlotte stormed back from a 21-point deficit and led by five points with 78 seconds remaining. But the Hornets squandered an opportunity to win it after they were called for a shot clock violation with time winding down in the fourth.

The Hornets also ran into foul trouble late in the game. Cody Zeller and Dwayne Bacon each picked up six fouls and Bacon fouled out in overtime. Bacon finished with 15 points in only his fifth game of the season.

The 76ers were coming off their first road win of the season, a 100-94 victory over Indiana on Wednesday.

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