Joel Embiid dominates as Philadlephia 76ers hang on to beat Milwaukee Bucks after giving up double-digit lead | NBA News

Joel Embiid had 42 points, 14 rebounds and five assists as the Philadelphia 76ers rallied after squandering a 15-point lead to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 123-120 on Thursday night.

Embiid put the 76ers ahead for good at 117-116 with a 10-footer with 2:32 left.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 32 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists for the Bucks.

Philadelphia played without James Harden, who hasn’t made his 76ers debut since joining the Brooklyn Nets in a trade last week. The 10-time All-Star and 2018 MVP has not played since Feb. 2 due to a left hamstring injury.

Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton missed a three-pointer with about nine seconds left.

The Bucks had one last chance after Philadelphia’s Furkan Korkmaz lost the ball out of bounds with 2.3 seconds left. After Embiid fouled Antetokounmpo to force another inbounds pass with 1.1 seconds left, Middleton missed a desperate three-point attempt at the buzzer.

Tyrese Maxey and Tobias Harris scored 19 points apiece for the 76ers.

Thursday night’s NBA results

  • Philadelphia 76ers 123-120 Milwaukee Bucks
  • Dallas Mavericks 125-118 New Orleans Pelicans
  • Miami Heat 111-107 Charlotte Hornets
  • Washington Wizards 117-103 Brooklyn Nets
  • Houston Rockets 111-142 Los Angeles Clippers

Doncic scores 49 points as Dallas beats New Orleans

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Highlights of the Dallas Mavericks’ trip to the New Orleans Pelicans in NBA Week 18

Luka Doncic had 49 points and 15 rebounds and Dallas never trailed against New Orleans en route to a sixth win in seven games.

Doncic made four of his first five three-point shots – occasionally returning to the defense to celebrate as the net swelled from a long mark – before finishing 7 of 14 from deep. He also had eight assists.

Dallas took a 45-27 lead after the first quarter, when Doncic scored 19 points and the Mavs combined to make nine of 12 threes. The Mavs took their first 20-or-more lead over three more from Davis Bertans on their first shot of the second period.

CJ McCollum scored 38 points, giving him four straight games with 20 or more, including three with at least 30, but the Pelicans have fallen to 1-4 since acquiring the star guard from Portland on Feb. 8.

Heat wins in double OT thriller against Hornets

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Highlights of the Miami Heat’s trip to the Charlotte Hornets in NBA Week 18

Kyle Lowry scored 12 of his 25 points after regulation as Miami beat Charlotte in double overtime to enter the All-Star break tied for the Eastern Conference lead.

Duncan Robinson added 21 points for Miami, and Jimmy Butler overcame a horrible shooting night to make clutch jumps in the second overtime to finish with 15 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Miami has won six of its last seven games, tying the Chicago Bulls for the East’s best record at 38-21.

Miles Bridges had 29 points and 11 rebounds for Charlotte, and LaMelo Ball added 14 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds before fouling out in second overtime.

Wizards beat Nets as Hachimura scores 20

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Highlights from the Washington Wizards’ trip to the Brooklyn Nets in NBA Week 18

Rui Hachimura scored 20 points, Corey Kispert added 16 as Washington beat Brooklyn.

Ish Smith had 15 points and Dani Avdija 13 to help the Wizards earn their second straight win.

Patty Mills scored 22 points and Cam Thomas added 20 for the Nets, after a comeback win in New York on Wednesday night. They lost 12 of 14.

Morris Sr., star of Kennard as Clippers dominate Rockets

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Highlights from the Houston Rockets’ trip to the LA Clippers in NBA Week 18

Marcus Morris Sr. scored 27 points and Luke Kennard added 25 as Los Angeles took a 17-point first-half lead on their way to victory over Houston.

Terance Mann scored 20 points as the Clippers won for the third time in four games. Los Angeles shot 51.4 percent (18 of 35) from three-point range and had a 50-35 rebounding advantage. Kennard went 8 of 9 from three-point range.

Jalen Green had 21 points and Jae’Sean Tate added 19 for the Rockets, who lost their seventh straight game and 11th in 12 games. Christian Wood and Josh Christopher scored 13 points apiece for Houston.

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