Joel Embiid scored 22 points, including two key free throws with 15.3 seconds left, and Tobias Harris added 20 to keep the 76ers perfect at home with a 97-92 victory over Denver on Tuesday night.
“I need to be myself,” Embiid said. “When I’m having fun, I dominate.”
Embiid said he has cut back on the extra-curricular activity while trying to be more mature since his two-game suspension for fighting Karl-Anthony Towns on Oct. 30, which was followed by a postgame barrage of insults on social media.
Embiid, however, let loose after his improbable shot ended the third quarter with Philadelphia ahead 83-76, and the crowd loved it.
“I need to do it more,” he said.
Matisse Thybulle added 13 points for the Sixers, who are 13-0 in Philadelphia.
Will Barton had 26 points to lead the Nuggets, who have lost three in a row and five of six. Leading scorer Jamal Murray was injured with 6:49 left in the first quarter when he collided with Ben Simmons and didn’t return.
The Nuggets set a franchise record for largest fourth-quarter comeback when they rebounded from 19 points down to start the final period in a 100-97 win over Philadelphia in Denver on Nov. 8. They tried again, but couldn’t come all the way back this time.
Heat 135, Hawks 121: Duncan Robinson tied a franchise record with 10 3-pointers, Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler each had triple-doubles and host Miami scored 22 straight points down the stretch to roll in overtime.
Hornets 114, Wizards 107: Devonte Graham scored 29 points, Miles Bridges hit a big 3-pointer with 7.7 seconds left and Charlotte held its home court in a game that featured 20 lead changes.
Terry Rozier scored 17 points, Bridges had 16, P.J. Washington added 15 and Cody Zeller and Bismack Biyombo both had double-doubles as the Hornets wrapped up a five-game homestand with a 2-3 record.
Blazers 115, Knicks 87: Damian Lillard had 31 points, including eight 3-pointers, and Portland handed visiting New York its 10th straight loss. Hassan Whiteside added 17 points and 15 rebounds.
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