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Embiid, Sixers escape short-handed Spurs in OT, 113-111

SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Joel Embiid had 34 points, and 12 rebounds, and the Philadelphia 76ers held on to beat the undermanned San Antonio Spurs 113-111 in overtime Sunday night. Ben Simmons tipped in the game-winner off a miss from Embiid as time expired. Embiid had four points in overtime, all on free throws. “I knew Joel was going to get a good look,” Simmons said. “We trust him with those shots. I was just there to clean it up.”

Seth Curry scored 22 points, and Dwight Howard added 14 as Philadelphia won its fourth straight to remain atop the Eastern Conference. Simmons finished with five points, six rebounds, and five assists in 35 minutes. Lonnie Walker IV had 23 points to lead the Spurs, who lost their third straight. Keldon Johnson added 19 points, Rudy Gay had 18, and Gorgui Dieng 17. San Antonio was without four starters as Dejounte Murray, Derrick White missed the game due to injuries, and DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl sat out for rest.

“I am just really excited for how hard we are playing,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “I just hope they continue to believe in themselves because they have had kind of a tough road.” San Antonio tied the game at 102 on Gay’s 3-pointer with 2:37 remaining in regulation. The Sixers reclaimed Curry’s lead on the ensuing possession with a 3-pointer, only to watch Johnson hit another game-tying 3. Embiid and Johnson muscled into the lane to keep the game tied at 107 with 1:03 remaining. After Matisse Thybulle blocked Patty Mills’ 3-point attempt, Embiid missed a fade-away jumper from 15 feet to send the game to overtime.

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