Cameroonian center Joel Embiid had a double-double of 22 points, including two key free throws with 15 seconds remaining in regulation time, and had 10 rebounds that allowed the Sixers to defeat the Denver Nuggets 97-92.
The Sixers went 13-0 at their Wells Fargo Center home field and also extended their current winning streak to three consecutive wins.
Forward Tobias Harris had 20 points and rookie guard Matisse Thybulle emerged as the Sixers’ sixth player with 13 points and five rebounds.
Another forward, Will Barton tallied 26 points that left him the leader of the Nuggets, who have lost three straight and five of the six most recent games.
In addition to the new defeat, the Nuggets also lost the leading scorer, Canadian point guard Jamal Murray, who was injured with 6:49 minutes remaining in the first period, when he collided with Australian point guard Ben Simmons, and did not return to the field.
The Heat confirmed that they are serious and have two rookies who have become true winning factors within the team as demonstrated in their 135-121 victory, in overtime, against the Atlanta Hawks.
Rookie point guard Kendrick Nunn with 36 points – his best mark as a professional – led the comeback for the Heat, who scored 22 points after trailing by six points and just 59 seconds left in regulation time.
Nunn came within one point of tying the best record by a rookie in Heat history.
Forward Duncan Robinson, a sophomore not even making the college draft, and guard Jimmy Butler kicked off the winning comeback after hearing Hawks point guard Trae Young say “this is over” when he retired to the bench. and his team up on the scoreboard with less than a minute to go.
Robinson shone by contributing 34 points -his best mark as a professional- and tied the team’s by scoring 10 triples, while center Bam Adebayo achieved a triple-double-double of 30 points, 11 rebounds -seven defenses-, distributed 11 assists and recovered two balls.
Butler was also a winning factor by getting another triple-double of 20 points, 18 rebounds -16 defensively-, and distributed 10 assists.
Robinson and Butler each scored three-pointers to even the score and the Heat opened overtime with a 16-0 streak, which allowed them to establish the highest margin of victory in a game decided in overtime within the NBA since October 31. of 2009, when the Sixers beat the Knicks 141-127.
The triumph of the Heat not only kept them undefeated in their field at American Airlines Arena (11-0) but also began to regain the confidence of the fans who return to see them play as the outstanding leaders of the Southeast Division (18- 6) and third parties in the Eastern Conference.
Guard De’Andre Hunter scored 28 points, while Young added another 21 and nine assists as leaders for the Hawks, who left 0-3 their mark in games this season with the Heat.
Guard Devonte Graham had 29 points as the leading scorer for the Charlotte Hornets, who beat the Washington Wizards 114-107 in a duel of losing teams in the Eastern Conference.
Charlotte’s team concluded a five-game series at home with a losing record of 2-3.
Point guard Terry Rozier had 17 points and forward Miles Bridges had 16, including the triple that with 7.7 seconds left in regulation gave the Hornets the decisive lead.
The Wizards had the reserve forward, the Latvian Davis Bertans, as their leading scorer, contributing 32 points, his best mark as a professional, after scoring eight triples, and also grabbed nine rebounds, which in the end did not avoid defeat.
The point guard Damian Lillard had 31 points, including eight triples, and six assists that put him in front of the Portland Trail Blazers who overwhelmed the New York Knicks 115-87, who suffered the tenth consecutive loss.
Center Hassan Whiteside added a double-double of 17 points and 15 rebounds and forward Carmelo Anthony, a former Knicks player, scored another 16 points that helped Portland break a two-game losing streak.
The Knicks (4-20), who have the worst record in the league, were led by power forward Julius Randle, who scored 15 points.