In an emotional evening at the Wells Fargo Center, Joel Embiid made a triumphant return after a nine game absence to post 24 points in leading Philadelphia (31-17) over the Golden State Warriors (10-36) on Tuesday evening.
Embiid requested the permission of former Sixer, Bobby Jones to wear his retired number 24 as a tribute to Kobe Bryant.
The Sixers took warm ups with each player wearing either number 24 or number 8. Bryant’s numbers during his career.
Following a league trend, the teams took an eight second back court violation and a 24 second shot clock violation.
Sixers fans were on edge as the lowly Warriors hung tight with the home team.
Embiid kick started a 9-0 run to begin the final quarter and Al Horford (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Shake Milton (12 points) each connected on clutch back to back threes to give the Sixers a 16 point lead.
Ben Simmons continued to hold a hot hand with a 17 point night.
Simmons paid his own tribute by having Mamba Forever and RIP Gigi on his sneakers.
D’Angelo Russell led the Warriors and all scorers with a 28 point game.
Golden State has now lost four straight while Philadelphia has won 6 of 7 and improves to an unworldly, 22-2 at the friendly confines of the Wells Fargo Center.
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.