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Joel Embiid returns from injury scare to score 32 as 76ers beat Magic 125-113


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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid then had 32 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists an apparent fear of injury in the first half and the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Orlando Magic 125-113 on Friday night in a crucial game for the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Tyrese Maxey scored 28 points and Kelly Oubre Jr. added 21 as Philadelphia (46-36) won its seventh straight game.

Orlando, Indiana and Philadelphia each have a 46-35 record after the Pacers lost 129-120 to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night and are ranked fifth, sixth and seventh in the conference, respectively.

Philadelphia won the three-game season series against Orlando.

Franz Wagner scored 24 points, Paolo Banchero had 22 and Jalen Suggs 20 for Orlando (46-35), which has lost three games in a row. The Matic can claim the Southeast Division with a win over Milwaukee on Sunday.

Embiid controlled the first half, posting 21 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in 17 minutes in his fifth game back after missing 29 games with a left meniscus injury. But after driving to the lane for a layup in the final two minutes of the half, Embiid appeared to land awkwardly on his left knee.

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As the play continued, Embiid stumbled to center half and gave up the play. After Philadelphia head coach Nick Nurse called a timeout, Embiid went straight to the Sixers’ locker room. But he returned and promptly hit a three-pointer on his first touch of the second half.

Maxey picked up some of the offensive deficit for the Sixers in the second half, scoring 11 in the fourth quarter, while Embiid spent most of the final session on the bench.

NEXT ONE

Magic: Hosts Bucks in the regular season finale on Sunday.

76ers: Host Brooklyn Sunday.

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