The Philadelphia Sixers, the leader in the Eastern Conference of the NBA, beat the LA Clippers with 106-103 on Friday. Joel Embiid was once again the star with 36 points and 14 rebounds.
The Cameroonian became the first Philadelphia player since 2006 to score more than 35 points in three consecutive games. Incidentally, Embiid is only two weeks back with the Sixers after a knee injury, which kept him aside for ten duels.
The injured Kawhi Leonard was missing from the Clippers. Paul George was the top scorer with 37 points for the Los Angeles team. The Clippers remain fourth in the west, but see Denver, which won with a good 99-128 figures at Houston, come back. Nikola Jokic (29 points, 16 rebounds and 7 assists) narrowly missed a triple-double with the Nuggets.
Utah Jazz, the leader in the western division, also won. The Salt Lake City team defeated the Indiana Pacers 119-111. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 24 points for Jazz, which saw guard Donovan Mitchell (22 points) drop out with a sprained ankle.
Julius Randle guided the New York Knicks past the Dallas Mavericks. It became 109-117. Randle scored 44 points and also scored 10 rebounds and 7 assists.
The Brooklyn Nets, challenger to Philadelphia in the east, won 130-115 against the Charlotte Hornets. Joe Harris (26 points) and Kevin Durant (25 points) were in good shape with the home team. The 33 Miles Bridges points were not enough for the visitors