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NBA roundup: Joel Embiid inspires 76ers to victory over Celtics

NBA roundup: Joel Embiid inspires 76ers to victory over Celtics
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The victory saw Philadelphia move to an Eastern Conference-best 11-5 on a Friday night.

Joel Embiid dropped an enormous 38 points and had 11 rebounds as his Philadelphia 76ers finished off the Boston Celtics 122-110.

The victory saw Philadelphia move to an Eastern Conference-best 11-5, with Ben Simmons scoring 11 of his 15 points in an aggressive burst in the final quarter.

The Chicago Bulls defeated the Charlotte Hornets 123-110, while the Indiana Pacers closed out a tight 120-118 victory over the Orlando Magic, as the Houston Rockets squeezed the Detroit Pistons 103-102 and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Brooklyn Nets 125-113.

The suffocating defence of the Toronto Raptors saw them finish 101-81 against the Miami Heat, the Minnesota Timberwolves tumbled to a 116-98 defeat to the Atlanta Hawks as the San Antonio Spurs battled hard but fell 122-117 to the Dallas Mavericks.

The New York Knicks missed the chance to go even on the season as they lost 103-94 to the Sacramento Kings, while the Los Angeles Clippers went 120-106 over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Meanwhile, the Denver Nuggets moved to 8-7 with a 130-126 victory over the Phoenix Suns after six Denver players pulled out double-figure scores.

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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates in the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics half at Staples Center. The Lakers defeated the Celtics 114-112 on February 23, 2020
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