Embiid, Sixers get a scare in win in Phoenix

Joel Embiid appears to have dodged a bullet from the dreaded injury bug.

The Philadelphia 76ers center injured his right hand after taking a hard fall in Philadelphia’s 123-110 triumph Sunday night at Phoenix.

Fortunately for Embiid and the 76ers, X-rays on his shooting hand were negative.

“They said it wasn’t broken,” he said. “They think it was sprained, so I guess that’s good news.”

Embiid, who posted 22 points, nine rebounds, five assists and a pair of blocked shots in 31 minutes, remained in the game after falling to the court. In his postgame comments, he said, “It was numb, but I’m a warrior, I want to push this stuff. I wanted to be on the court to win the game.”

Sixers coach Brett Brown said Embiid’s aggressive style of play results in putting himself out there for a potential injury.

“The way he plays, there’s always a chance (for injury), you know,” Browns said. “It’s like with everybody, but him especially.

“I think the fact that he just hasn’t practiced, the awkward moments, unorthodox moments scare you a little bit more.”

Philadelphia (16-20) is 14-13 when Embiid plays this season, as opposed to 2-7 when he does not.

Against the Suns, all five 76ers starters reached double figures. Dario Saric led the way with 27 pints, while Embiid and J.J. Redick both had 22, rookie Ben Simmons had 21 points, nine rebounds and six assists and Robert Covington chipped in with 10.

Devin Booker led the Suns (14-24) with a game-high 32 points, while T.J. Warren (28), Marquese Chriss (12 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks) and Tyson Chandler (10 points, 11 boards) also reached double figures.