Embiid scores 26, Sixers beat Celtics 89-90
Joel Embiid is headed to the NBA All-Star game for the first time, and he celebrated with another impressive performance.
Embiid scored 26 points and matched a career best with 16 rebounds, leading the 76ers to an 89-80 win over the Boston Celtics on Thursday night.
Dario Saric scored 16 for Philadelphia, which won for the sixth time in seven games. T.J. McConnell had 15 points — all in the second half.
We feel like we’re right there with them, Embiid said. I don’t know what seed we’re going to be, but that’s a potential matchup in the playoffs, so you always want to come out and like try to dominate, let them know that it’s not going to be easy.
Embiid pulled down 16 rebounds for the third time in his career. He got the news earlier Thursday that he was the first Philadelphia player selected as an All-Star starter since Allen Iverson in the 2010-2011 season. Embiid is the first Sixers All-Star since Jrue Holiday in 2013.
Darren Collison added 15 points for Indiana, which snapped a three-game losing streak in San Antonio.
The Spurs pulled within 83-76 with 5:03 remaining on Davis Bertans’ 3-pointer, but San Antonio committed two turnovers on the next two possessions.
It happens a little too much with our team, said Pau Gasol, who had 14 points. We get a little bit out of whack. We don’t execute, we’re a little sloppy at times and we pay the price. We can’t afford mistakes like that.
Pacers: Turner missed his seventh straight game with an injured right elbow. He high-stepped halfway down the baseline in celebration after Al Jefferson dunked on Gasol early in the fourth quarter. … The Pacers concluded their longest trip of the season, going 3-2. … Indiana came in averaging 106.5 points per game, which was 10th in the league.