Sixers win third in a row
The Philadelphia 76ers continued to roll on Saturday with a 112-98 victory over the visiting Los Angeles Clippers at the Wells Fargo Center.
Joel Embiid led the way with 29 points and 16 rebounds and five other Philadelphia players were in double figures as the Sixers jumped out to a first-quarter lead and were never pegged back, despite the Clippers getting to within a couple of points with a little over six minutes to play. Ben Simmons also had a double-double for the 76ers who are eighth in the Eastern Conference and just a half-game behind the Miami Heat in the standings.
Coincidently the Heat will be the visitors to Philadelphia on Wednesday after the Sixers welcome in the injury-ravaged New York Knicks on Monday. NBA trap games are not the same as those in the collegiate ranks, but Philadelphia will do well not to overlook the Knicks.
Off the court, the 76ers made news with the indication from Marco Belinelli that the former Atlanta Hawk will sign with the team once he clears waivers. Belinelli reached a buyout with Atlanta and the veteran will arrive in Philadelphia after being fourth in scoring for the Hawks.
Meanwhile, Miami have the weekend off and do not return to the hardwood until Tuesday when they open their road swing against the Raptors, 14/1 to win the NBA Championship, in Toronto. Dwyane Wade, dealt for a conditional second-round pick, returned for the Heat in their victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday and his influence will bear watching after the All-Star break.
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