The Philadelphia 76ers got an important win over Cleveland Cavaliers 112-108 on Sunday, April 3, which allowed the Philly team to claim a postseason spot.
Cameroonian Joel Embiid scored 44 points and 17 rebounds while James Harden had his second triple-double since his trade from the Brooklyn Nets.
With an injured ankle, Embiid participation in the game was in doubt. But Embiid played and dominated down the stretch, scoring 12 points in a fourth-quarter sequence.
In 38 minutes of another MVP performance, he made 17 of 20 free throws, added five blocks, and three assists. Three 3-point throws were also made by Embiid.
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The Cavaliers, who were missing injured Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen, were led by Darius Garland‘s 23 points, Caris LeVert‘s 18 points, and Lamar Stevens‘ 18 points.”The beard” Harden finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists while shooting 4 of 13 from the field.
Cleveland, currently on seventh place in the NBA East Conference standings, was still 109-106 after Harden converted two free throws with 11.2 seconds remaining.
Kevin Love made a sloppy inbounds pass that was intercepted by Matisse Thybulle, who then passed the ball to Tobias Harris for a game-winning dunk with 7.2 seconds left.
The 76ers have won their second game in a row after making 21 3-point throws and scoring a season-high 144 points over Charlotte Hornets on Saturday.
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