Joel Embiid reappears and scores 42 points against Timberwolves

Joel Embiid reappears and scores 42 points against Timberwolves

Joel Embiid exploded with 42 points on his comeback from a nine-game absence due to health and safety protocols, but failed to lift Philadelphia 76ers from a 121-120 double loss in overtime against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday.

Embiid played 45 minutes in his first game after testing positive for COVID-19 on November 8. He finished with 14 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks and reached the free throw line 21 times.

Tobias Harris also returned to the starting lineup after missing the previous two matches due to a thigh injury. He finished with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists.

Embiid scored seven points for Philadelphia in the second overtime, and his jump from the baseline lifted him to 120-117 before there was 1:58 left. But Nas Red’s layup brought Minnesota close to a point with 30.8 seconds left, before D’Angelo Russell stole a pass bound for Embiid and assists in a Reed layup that put the Timberwolves ahead by one point.

Philadelphia had one last chance to win, but Embiid’s 3-point attempt was repelled at the bell.

Russell led the Wolves’ Way with 35 points, including 27 points in the fourth quarter and two overtime periods.

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The Sixers, with few hands, finished 2-7 without Embiid. Saturday’s loss left them 10-10 on the season, while the Timberwolves have won seven of their last 10 games.

With information from The Associated Press.

Oliver Walton

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