In the first game since the All-Star break for the Philadelphia 76ers and the Brooklyn Nets, both teams were missing key players.
The Nets were without Kyrie Irving, who is slated to miss the rest of the season after he underwent season-ending surgery on his right shoulder while Ben Simmons missed the game due to lower back tightness.
Without their key players, an overtime period was needed for a team to come out victorious. Here are the biggest takeaways from this game:
Joel Embiid's season-high performance
In Simmons' absence, Joel Embiid took center stage and stuffed the stat sheet. It was his clutch game-saving block that forced overtime.
Thank you, Joel. pic.twitter.com/ydeGqe19Yx- Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) February 21, 2020
He was a team-best +24 in his 41 minutes of action.
Joel Embiid tonight:- StatMuse (@statmuse) February 21, 2020
Embiid is 22-3 in the last 3 seasons when he takes 1 3PA or fewer in a game. 6-0 this season. pic.twitter.com/2UBdgpuv8p
The other two contributors for the 76ers were Tobias Harris - 22 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, two steals - and Alec Burks off the bench - 19 points (6-11 FGs) and four rebounds.
With this win, the 76ers improved their league-best home record to 26-2. Additionally, with the Miami Heat loss, the 76ers are within 0.5 games of the fifth seed.
Nets' backcourt struggle, miss chance to ice game.
The Nets backcourt of Caris LeVert and Spencer Dinwiddie were the highest scorers of the team with 25 and 22 respectively.
SPENCE CLUTCH.- Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) February 21, 2020
16.2 seconds left
Strap in. pic.twitter.com/I43aiF7nZ5
However, they had a rough shooting night, going 16-of-48 from the field and 4-of-14 from beyond the arc. Despite their struggles, they had a chance to lead the team to victory in overtime but couldn't.
Both went a combined 0-of-4 from the field and committed both of the team's two turnovers in the extra period.
76ers' OT domination
The 76ers pulled away in overtime, outscoring the Nets 9-1 in the extra five minutes.
The Nets' one point came on the free-throw line, courtesy of Spencer Dinwiddie. All through the extra period, the Nets shot 0-of-7 from the field and 0-of-4 from beyond the arc while committing two turnovers, which just handed the game to the hosts.
On the other hand, the 76ers scored nine (3-7 FGs; 3-3 FTs) with Alec Bruks being the top scorer with five points.
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