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A Sixers without Joel Embiid finish off Memphis in overtime

Two of the NBA’s hottest teams met last night, and they didn’t disappoint. It is true that Philadelphia appeared without its main star, Joel Embiid, but even so they were able to overcome the Grizzlies in overtime to win 122-119 and add the fifth consecutive win.

It was a close game, one in which the 76ers set the pace at the beginning – they even won by 15 points in the second quarter – but which quickly turned into a continuous give and take from which Doc Riversa’s boys emerged the winners.

During the second half, the highest income that was experienced was five points for Philadelphia. Nobody took off. Nobody got off the hook. This is how the last minute was reached, a moment that was reached with a tie at 108 after a triple by Desmond Bane (34 points). None wanted to give their arm to twist, and it was the Sixers who had the closest victory to be two points up with 15 seconds to play. That’s when Ja Morant appeared to make one of his fantasy drives, score and force the additional free kick. He could have given his team the victory, but he missed from the free throw line and they went into extra time. Already in overtime, Memphis was up four points (115-199), but Philadelphia closed the game with a 7-0 run in their favor.

“It was just a great effort from everyone. We wanted this win,” says Tobias Harris. The Pennsylvania forward is right. Without Embiid, the core of players around him proved up to the challenge. Harris himself had 31 points, Tyrese Maxey had 33 and a colossal Andre Drummond had a double-double of 16 points and 23 rebounds.

(Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

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