Embiid Returns, Drops Triple-Double in 76ers Win Over Bulls

Joel Embiid returns after missing the previous four games for the Philadelphia 76ers last night as they welcomed the Chicago Bulls. The reigning league MVP had 31 points, 15 rebounds, and 10 assists in the team’s 110-97 win, Embiid’s seventh career triple-double. He also extended his franchise records with his 15th straight 30-point game and 14th straight with 30 points and 15 rebounds. He sat out the entire fourth quarter, having not tested the ankle the past few days.

Sixers Dominated Chicago

The Sixers made 12 of their first 16 shots, going 7 for 9 from 3-point range. They used that momentum to give themselves a 25-point lead, their largest since they led the Milwaukee Bucks by 28 in April 2018. Philadelphia carried the momentum of Embiid’s return and led by a score of 43-18 by the end of the first quarter, while the Bulls missed all 10 of their 3-pointers in the opening frame. They would continue to explode on the offensive end and lead 73-42 at halftime.

Chicago would outscore Philadelphia in the second half 55-37, behind leading scorer Demar DeRozan’s 16 and Andre Drummond’s 11-point, 17-rebound double-double. The Bulls were without Nikola Vucevic, Torrey Craig, and Zach LaVine, but even the two-time All-Star LaVine would have been of little help as Chicago fell to 10-6 on the season when he was not in the lineup. Bulls forward Patrick Williams injured his right ankle and did not return in last night’s game.

Nurse’s Results

Sixers coach Nick Nurse said of Embiid, “He was moving great. I think his conditioning was less than that. But that’s okay. I think that game was good for him to recondition himself kind of.”. The Sixers got ahead by a big margin early and held out for the win. Joel Embiid’s return helped propel the team to this win, alongside Tyrese Maxey and Tobias Harris, scoring 20+ in the win. With the New York Knicks coming into town on Friday, Philadelphia is a force with Embiid.

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Austin Hamell
Austin Hamell

Austin is the host of The Attacking Third (Tuesday nights at 9 pm). His passion for soccer started in the early 2000s because of his brother and father’s influence. He is a dedicated fan of all Philly sports and also is a fan of gaming.

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