Joel Embiid supplied 31 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a resounding 121-109 Christmas Day win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
- Points: Khris Middleton – 31
- Assists: Giannis Antetokounmpo – 7
- Rebounds: Giannis Antetokounmpo – 14
- Points: Joel Embiid – 31
- Assists: Ben Simmons – 14
- Rebounds: Joel Embiid – 11
It was Embiid’s seventh game this season with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds.
Ben Simmons had 15 points, 14 assists and seven rebounds for the Sixers, who won their third in a row and tied a franchise record with 21 made three-pointers.
Tobias Harris scored 22 points and went 5-of-7 from beyond the arc. Josh Richardson added 18 points, Furkan Korkmaz scored 16 and Al Horford had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Khris Middleton led the Bucks with 31 points while Giannis Antetokounmpo added 18 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists, but shot a 8-for-27. George Hill scored 15 points as Milwaukee’s record dropped to 27-5.
The Sixers dominated the first half as they jumped out to a 69-48 advantage thanks to 23 points and seven rebounds from Embiid. Philadelphia made 11 treys, their most in any half this season.
The score could have been even more lopsided if not for Hill’s 12 points off the bench coming on 5-for-5 shooting.
Milwaukee trailed by as many as 25 points in the third, their largest deficit of the season, and the Sixers extended the lead from there, going up 100-73 at the end of the third.
Antetokounmpo drove to the lane and scored to cut the lead to 102-85 with 8:04 remaining. On the Sixers’ next possession, Korkmaz made a three-pointer, their 18th of the game, to push the lead back to 20.
Antetokounmpo appeared to be accidentally poked in the eye by Josh Richardson with 6:25 left and stayed down on the court for several minutes. The defending MVP then got up and was whistled for a technical foul for arguing with referee Tony Brothers.
Middleton hit a tough three-pointer and Sterling Brown added a dunk to close within 115-106 with 1:52 left. But Harris sealed the win on the next possession, beating the shot clock with a three-pointer for a 12-point advantage.
Want to watch the NBA but don’t have Sky Sports? Get the Sky Sports Action and Arena pack, click here.