Joel Embiid had 33 points and nine rebounds to carry the host Philadelphia 76ers past the Brooklyn Nets 124-108 on Saturday.
Tobias Harris added 21 points and 12 rebounds while Ben Simmons had 16 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists. Shake Milton contributed 15 points, Furkan Korkmaz added 13 while Danny Green and Seth Curry had 11 each.
The Sixers improved to 13-0 this season with their starting five of Embiid, Simmons, Harris, Green and Curry.
The Nets were quite short-handed without Kevin Durant due to health and safety protocols and Kyrie Irving because of a sprained right index finger.
James Harden led the Nets with 26 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds while Landry Shamet added 22 points and Joe Harris had 14. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot also scored 13 and Jeff Green had 10.
Trailing 50-45, the Nets reeled off an 8-0 run to go ahead by three points with 2:51 remaining in the first half.
Curry dropped in a 3-pointer from the corner and Milton added a tip-in in the final few seconds as the Sixers led 59-56 at halftime. Embiid led the Sixers with 17.
Harden paced the Nets with 13 but missed five of his treys in the first half.
After the game was tied at 79, the Sixers scored eight straight, including consecutive 3-pointers by Green, to lead by eight with 4:10 left in the third.
The Nets continued to struggle offensively, going more than four minutes without a field goal as Philadelphia extended its spurt to 14 in a row.
Brooklyn appeared to be tired to open the fourth and head coach Steve Nash rested Harden, Harris and Green. With their starters on the bench, the Sixers pulled ahead 107-89 in the first minute and a half.
Shamet’s fifth 3-pointer got the Nets within 112-97. Brooklyn sliced the deficit to 10, 116-106, with 2:43 to go.
The Sixers scored the next five points to put the game away.
–Field Level Media