PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid had 31 points and 12 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers extended their winning streak to six games with a 119-100 win over the short-handed San Antonio Spurs on Friday night.
Embiid has scored at least 31 points in every game during the winning streak and averaged 33.2 points and 10.5 rebounds in that stretch. The four-time All-Star led Philadelphia in scoring (26.7 ppg) and rebounding (10.7 rpg) on Friday.
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Seth Curry and Tobias Harris scored 23 points for 76, which is never far behind.
DeJonte Murray scored 27 points for San Antonio, which was without six players due to health and safety protocols. Spurs, playing their fifth game of the seven-match tour, have lost five out of six.
Devin Wassell, Keldon Johnson, Trey Jones and Derrick White – who combined with 46 points in San Antonio’s 99-97 win in Boston on Wednesday – joined Doug McDermott and Thaddeus Young due to COVID-19 protocols.
“Start whatever you want,” said Spurs coach Greg Popovich, who was missing four of his top seven scorers. “I don’t even know half their names out there tonight.”
In addition to regular starters Murray and Jacob Poetl, Popovich started alongside Keita Bates-Diep, Brian Forbes and Josh Primo. Forbes and Primo were making their debut this season, while Bates-Diep was ninth.
Even at full force, the Spurs, like practically every other team in the NBA, would have had trouble stopping Embiid. With so many regulars out, he had no chance, something Popovich already knew.
He said, ‘I don’t think our game plan is going to surprise anyone.
Embiid had several vigorous dunks, including a driving slam in third with 6:29 and second with 3:50 to play in the quarter.
His biggest draw, though, could have been a thunderous, one-handed jam with 31.1 seconds in the first half, which put thunderous fans on their feet. Just two and a half minutes earlier, Embiid caused a lull in the crowd as he went down, grabbing his right knee after being beaten on layup by Poetal.
But, perhaps the customary “MVP! MVP!” chants rained down, Embiid showing he was fine with a no-look, over-the-head pass to Matisse Thiebull before Monster Dunk, which helped Philadelphia to a 71-53 advantage at halftime.
Underpowered Spurs were no match for Embiid or the 76ers. Embiid finished 10 of 23 off the field, 11 of 15 off the line and added seven assists.
San Antonio withdrew Lonnie Walker IV and Devonte Cook, who had missed the last three games due to health and safety protocols, and signed Anthony Lamb and Tyler Johnson to 10-day contracts to fill some vacancies.
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Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers spoke fondly of the memory of actor Sidney Poitier, who died Thursday at the age of 94.
“Because he’s older, the younger generation has no idea what he means to America,” Rivers said. “But for Black America, he was the first person we saw in the roles. I met him several times in L.A., which was the thrill of a lifetime for me. I hope some of our youth get to read about him.” will get.”
Spurs: Zach Collins (offseason left ankle surgery) hasn’t played this season.
76ers: Starting PG Tyres maxi with Paul Reid and Jaden Springer sitting out due to health and safety protocols. Isaiah Joe (back) and Shaq Milton (back) also didn’t play.
Spurs: Poeltl had 17 points and Walker had 13. … fell 8-13 on the road. … Johnson and Lamb were scoreless.
76ers: Rivers liked what Johnson gave Johnson in his most recent 10-day stint with the 76ers; He averaged 3.7 points in three matches. “Loved her, I wish we had her,” he said. … improved to 8-8 at home. … Thaibul made a comeback from a two-game absence due to COVID-19 protocol and scored 12 points. … Charlie Brown Jr., signed to a 10-day contract on Monday, had three points in his first appearance. He used to play collegium at nearby St. Joseph’s.
Spurs: Sunday in Brooklyn.
76ers: On Monday in Houston.
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