OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Joel Embiid had 27 points and nine rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 117-93 on Saturday night to pull even with Brooklyn for the Eastern Conference lead.
On Friday night in a loss at New Orleans, Embiid went just 5 for 16 from the floor and scored 14 points. He was 10 for 17 in three quarters of work against the Thunder.
Furkan Korkmaz added a season-high 20 points for the 76ers.
Two Thunder starters returned from absences. Bazley had missed 15 games with a shoulder bruise, and guard Lu Dort missed seven games while in concussion protocol. Dort scored 15 points.
The 76ers led 66-53 at halftime. Embiid made just one of his first four shots, but he went 6-for-6 the rest of the first half and finished it with 21 points. The 76ers led despite making just 5 of 21 3-pointers before the break. The 76ers led 90-76 heading into the fourth quarter.
76ers: Guard George Hill, who the Thunder traded to the 76ers as part of a three-team deal last month, remained out with a right thumb injury he suffered early in the season while playing for Oklahoma City. … Had just 10 turnovers and forced 23.
Thunder: Guard Theo Maledon hit a corner 3-pointer as time expired in the first half. … Thunder forward Aleksej Pokusevski left the game in the first quarter with right arm soreness and didn’t return. … Shot 50% from the field.
76ers: At Dallas on Monday night.
Thunder: At Utah on Tuesday night.