Joel Embiid leads 76ers to comeback win over Celtics

The 25-year-old center tallied a game-high 37 points and 22 rebounds to help the 76ers register a 118-115 victory over the Celtics.

Joel Embiid scored 37 points and 22 rebounds   -  (Getty Images)

Joel Embiid led his team to a win Wednesday.

The 25-year-old center tallied a game-high 37 points and 22 rebounds to help the 76ers register a 118-115 comeback win over the Celtics at the Wells Fargo Center.

The 76ers trailed by as many as 15 points in the second quarter and headed into the locker room down 11. But, they rallied over the next 12 minutes and took the lead for good with less than a minute to play on an and-1 by Ben Simmons.

Jimmy Butler added 22 points on 7-of-17 shooting for the 76ers while Tobias Harris chipped in 21.

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Kyrie Irving finished with 36 points for Boston in the losing effort but connected on just three of his 13 3-point attempts.

Philadelphia improved to 47-25 and sits at third in the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, Boston is in fifth place with a 43-29 record.

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Studs of the night

Donovan Mitchell scored a game-high 30 points and added five assists in the Jazz’s 137-116 win over the Knicks.

Rockets star James Harden poured in 57 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, but his team fell to the Grizzlies in overtime, 126-125.

Russell Westbrook tallied 42 points and 11 rebounds against the Raptors. But, the Thunder fell in overtime, 123-114.

Duds of the night

Julius Randle was 1-of-9 shooting and scored six points in the Pelicans’ 119-96 loss to the Magic. He was minus-25 for the game.

Bucks forward D.J. Wilson came off the bench and missed eight of his nine shots against the Cavaliers. He was also a minus-25 in Milwaukee’s surprising 107-102 loss.


Dwyane Wade beats the buzzer against the Spurs.

Chandler Parsons hits the one-legged 3-pointer.

What’s next

Pacers (44-28) at Warriors (48-22) — Indiana will look to rebound with a road win in Golden State on Thursday. The Pacers have lost three in a row and five of their last seven while the Warriors enter the matchup coming off of a win over the Timberwolves.

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