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.