Joel Embiid leads 76ers to thrilling win over Hornets

Joel Embiid scored 38 points and rested in the fourth quarter as visiting Philadelphia claimed their seventh straight win by defeating Charlotte.

Embiid also hit 13 rebounds in just 29 minutes as the 76ers cruised to a convincing 121-82 victory over the Hornets.

Embiid scored 12 points in each of the first two quarters before calling it an early night in a game that the Rose 76ers (47-22) lead by 42 points in the second half.

Embiid also had five assists and once per half would sing chants of “MVP! MVP!” From the crowd by the many 76ers fans at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte.

James Harden had 11 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for Philadelphia, who also had 18 points and five rebounds from Tobias Harris, Therese Maxi (13) and Chic Milton (12).

Terry Rozier scored 14 points, BJ Washington 12 points and six rebounds, and Kelly Uber Jr. scored 11 points for Charlotte (22-50).

In Atlanta, Trae Young’s steal and stop with 45 seconds left protected the hosts’ slim lead as the Hawks took advantage of Golden State’s persistently weak defense on the road. To win 127-119.

Stephen Curry scored 31 points in Golden State’s 10th consecutive loss.

The Hawks took a 123-119 lead before Young’s steal from Curry and a layup increased the lead to six points. Young scored 25 points with 12 assists.

John Collins scored 22 points and Onika Okonwu added a season-high 19 as Atlanta ended a two-game losing streak to remain eighth in the Eastern Conference playoff standings.

Bogdan Bogdanovic, who signed Thursday to a four-year, $68 million extension, scored 14 points while shutting out four three-pointers.

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