NBA: Joel Embiid dominates in return as 76ers beat Pacers

Embiid racked up 33 points and 12 rebounds on 11-of-15 shooting in 27 minutes. He led all scorers in the contest.

Published : Mar 11, 2019 10:26 IST

Philadelphia 76ers All-Star Joel Embiid
Philadelphia 76ers All-Star Joel Embiid

Philadelphia 76ers All-Star Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid is back.

The 76ers' All-Star center has been resting a sore knee since the All-Star break, but returned from his eight-game hiatus against the Pacers Sunday, helping Philadelphia to a 106-89 victory.

Embiid racked up 33 points and 12 rebounds on 11-of-21 shooting in 28 minutes. He led all scorers in the contest.

The Pacers were led by Bojan Bogdanovic, who totaled 18 points on the night.

The win moved the 76ers ahead of the Pacers into third place in the Eastern Conference. Both teams are 42-25, but Philadelphia holds the tiebreaker thanks to its 3-1 lead in the season series against Indiana.

"I just felt like I had to play this game just to make sure we were in good position,'' Embiid said (via ESPN).

The 76ers are simply a different team with their premier big man on the court. They'll be looking to build chemistry moving forward during the final stages of the regular season.

Stud of the Night

Blake Griffin's 28 points, six rebounds and five assists led the Pistons past the Bulls 131-108.

Duds of the night

D.J. Augustin managed six points on 2-of-10 shooting in Orlando's 105-97 loss to Memphis.

Kelly Olynyk scored one point on 0-of-8 shooting in the Heat's 125-104 loss to the Raptors.


Derrick Jones Jr. got ridiculously high to convert this alley-oop from Dwyane Wade.

John Collins came up with a big block and ran 94 feet to finish with a powerful slam in Atlanta's 128-116 victory over New Orleans.

Luka Doncic showcased his defensive prowess by swatting Clint Capela's shot off the backboard in Dallas' 94-93 loss to Houston.

What's Next?

Celtics (41-26) at Clippers (38-29) 10:30 ET —  Los Angeles is riding a four-game winning streak and is trying to hold onto a playoff slot. Boston has won three straight and seems to be correcting some of its chemistry problems. Only one team can remain hot moving forward.

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