Embiid finishes with 42 points but Timberwolves spoil return with OT win

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — D’Angelo Russell scored 35 points and had a definitive take and help in the last seconds of the 2nd overtime in the Minnesota Timberwolves’ 121-120 success over Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.

Embiid had 42 points and 14 rebounds in his go back to the lineup after missing out on 9 video games since of COVID-19 procedures. Philadelphia lost 7 of those video games without the four-time All-Star and has actually now dropped 8 of 10.

“I really thought I wasn’t going to make it,” Embiid stated. “It was that bad. So, I’m just thankful to be sitting here. I’m just glad I got over it.”

Tobias Harris returned from a two-game lack due to a hip injury to include 17 points and 9 rebounds for Philadelphia.

“It’s good to have Embiid back,” he stated. “We missed him for sure.”

Russell likewise made a consent 3 late in the very first overtime. Karl-Anthony Towns included 28 points and 10 rebounds however didn’t play in the additional sessions after fouling out, and Anthony Edwards had 19 points. Minnesota has actually won 6 of 7.

“That was probably one of the best (Russell) performances I’ve ever seen,” Towns stated. “Multiple times we could’ve let go of the rope. We just made it our night. Instead of hoping the game came to us, we took the game. I’m just very proud of the way we played.”

Embiid scored all 7 of Philadelphia’s points in the 2nd overtime, and his 12-foot standard jumper put them up 120-117 with 1:58 to play. Naz Reid‘s layup pulled Minnesota within a point with 30.8 seconds left.

Then, Russell stole Tyrese Maxey‘s pass that was intended for Embiid before assisting on Taurean Prince‘s driving layup that put the Timberwolves up a point.

“I wanted to adjust because they kept running that same play,” Russell said. “I just tried to keep my hand down there and anticipate the bounce pass and we got it when it mattered. (On the assist), I saw him running and saw the clock. We could put the pressure on them and get a layup and (Prince) is more than capable of making a layup, and he happened to make one of the most important ones of the game. It’s simply relying on colleagues.”

Philadelphia had one last possibility to win it, however Edwards obstructed Embiid’s 3-point effort at the buzzer.

“Joel was phenomenal tonight, but we still lost the game,” 76ers coach Doc Rivers stated. “Give him credit. He’s obviously been working out.”

Coach Chris Finch matured a 76ers fan in his home town of Checking out 65 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

“This was my team growing up. It was a heck of a time to be a fan in the late ’70’s into the mid-80’s. Dr. J was my favorite player growing up.”

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