76ERS 117, KNICKS 91
Joel Embiid put on a show with his father in the stands for the first time this season, collecting 26 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 117-91 win over the visiting Knicks on Wednesday night.
Embiid’s spin move into a one-handed jam earned a smile and applause from Thomas Embiid, a colonel in the Cameroon military who is visiting from the family’s home country and plans to spend a few weeks with his son. Growing up, Embiid had to persuade his father that basketball wasn’t a dangerous game and that he wouldn’t have to abide by Thomas’s wishes of becoming an elite volleyball player.
Embiid was aces against the Knicks, though. He had 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in the first half alone. He finished with his league-best 21st double-double and helped the Sixers improve to 11-1 at home.
J.J. Redick hit four 3-pointers and scored 24 points, and Ben Simmons had 14 points. Jimmy Butler hit a 3 in the third to make it 86-58.
Enes Kanter and Mario Hezonja each scored 17 points for the Knicks. The Knicks have played nine of 12 games on the road and were coming off a 115-108 loss to Detroit on Tuesday.
It was Embiid’s 18th game of the season with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds, and he probably could have grabbed a seat with his father and relaxed in the fourth quarter. The Sixers emptied the bench and won for the sixth time in seven games.