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NBA. Embiid scores 53 for Sixers, Pelicans beat Suns again

Against the Hornets (131-113), Sixers star Embiid became the first NBA player this season to score more than 50 points in multiple games. The 28-year-old Cameroonian scored 53 points on 20-of-32 shooting, including 2-of-3 from three-point range, and made all 11 free throws to go along with 12 rebounds. He becomes the third player in Sixers history to score 50 or more points in multiple games in a season, joining Allen Iverson and Wilt Chamberlain. “It was amazing to watch“, his teammate Montrezl Harrell responded (9 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds). “He is a skilled player. He does a lot for our team offensively and defensively.” “The fact that he is dominant on both ends of the court shows what a great player he is“, he added. The Sixers remain fifth in the East (14 wins, 12 losses), while Charlotte drops to 14th (7-20).

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After scoring 35 points in the Pelicans’ win over the Suns on Friday, Zion Williamson replicated that performance to lead New Orleans to its seventh straight victory and another victory (129-124). The strong winger also made 8 rebounds and made 3 effective passes. Rarely for him, he even hit two 3-pointers. CJ McCollum added 29 points for the Pelicans, who extend their lead to 18-8 in the Western Conference.

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For the Suns, who lost Devin Booker (hamstring), it’s their fourth straight loss even if they remain in fourth place in the West (16-11). Chris Paul (6 points, 11 assists) tied the game with four seconds left in overtime, but the Pelicans, who lost to the Suns in the first round of the playoffs last season, took the lead this time.

In Atlanta, in a completely crazy ending to the game, the Hawks beat the Bulls (123-122) in overtime on an incredible basket by AJ Griffin (17 points). It was on a free throw that Derrick Jones Jr. clinched overtime for Chicago, but he missed his second shot that would have given the Bulls the overtime win. LeBron James’ “Lakers” tasted victory again after three consecutive defeats. The Los Angeles franchise, still trailing in the standings at 11-15, defeated the Detroit Pistons (124-117) on the road thanks to LeBron James’ 35 points and Anthony Davis’ double-double (34 points, 15 rebounds).

“New York Knicks” won the fourth consecutive victory, losing to “Sacramento Kings” (112-99). Julius Randle and RJ Barrett both scored 27 points. Germany’s Franz Wagner scored 23 points and 2022 NBA Draft No. 1 pick Paolo Banchero added 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Orlando Magic to a 111-99 home win over the Toronto Raptors. Finally, Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Bucks (16 points, 18 rebounds), second in the Eastern Conference (19-7), were surprised by the Houston Rockets (97-92), last in the West (8-18). Jalen Green scored 30 points.

Source: Le Figaro

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