Joel Embiid was back in the lineup after sitting out for rest in Philly's last game and he put on a show, leading his team to a 119-113 win over the Clippers on the road.
Embiid finished with 28 points, 19 rebounds, three assists and three blocks as Philly move to 2-2 on their five-game road trip.
The 76ers led by as many as 24 points, before the Clippers stormed home in the second half, cutting the lead to just four points down the stretch. With the game in the balance, Ausse Ben Simmons came up with a clever move off the inbound, bouncing the ball off Sindarius Thornwell's back before catching the rest of the Clippers napping as he threw down the ferocious jam.
Ben Simmons ices the game with some quick thinking leading to the dunk! #HereTheyCome pic.twitter.com/dRznaodbWu- NBA Australia (@NBA_AU) January 2, 2019
Simmons finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and eight assists on the night, while JJ Redick added 18 points and Jimmy Butler 16 points.
Butler's night finished early after he was ejected after getting into it with Avery Bradley in the fourth quarter. Things got heated down the stretch, with Patrick Beverly and Joel Embiid had a confrontation of their own, with both assessed technicals.
Now Jimmy and Avery Bradley are getting into it... pic.twitter.com/8xjQsNOIbU- Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 2, 2019
Embiid raced out of the gates, scoring 15 first-quarter points, slowing down as the Clippers threw multiple defenders at him for the rest of the game, but he fought hard to come up with some timely buckets late in the game, putting on a powerhouse performance on the defensive end.
For the Clippers, it was the bench combo of Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams who stood out with Williams recording 22 points and Harrell a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double, coming up with some big plays down the stretch.
The 24-14 Sixers conclude their road trip in Phoenix on Thursday against the Phoenix Suns.