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Embiid dominates Celts again, 76ers win

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) Joel Embiid dropped a step-back 3-pointer and stated the shot was "nasty." His game at MVP level, Embiid has avoided the flops that have dogged his career - putting up numbers as he dodged the claim he should be too big to flail.

Embiid had 38 points and 11 rebounds, Tobias Harris scored 23 points and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Boston Celtics 122-110 on Friday night.

"We've got a great group of guys and we're still learning how to play with each other," Embiid said. "We're only going to get better."


Young has 43, Capela adds 13-19-10

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Trae Young scored a season-high 43 points, Clint Capela had 13 points, 19 rebounds and 10 blocks, and the Atlanta Hawks topped the Minnesota Timberwolves 116-98 on Friday night.

Young scored 25 points in the first half as the Hawks took a 19-point lead at halftime. He reached 40 points late in the third quarter with a step-back 3-pointer that put the Hawks up 84-59.


Sexton leads Cavs by Durant-less Nets

CLEVELAND (AP) Collin Sexton had 25 points and nine assists, Andre Drummond added 19 points and 16 rebounds and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Brooklyn Nets for the second time in three days, 125-113 on Friday night.

The Nets played without superstar forward Kevin Durant, who was held out as a precautionary measure as he continues his comeback from right Achilles tendon surgery.


Clippers beat OKC for 6th straight win

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points, Paul George added 29 and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 120-106 on Friday night for their sixth straight win.

Serge Ibaka had 17 points and 11 rebounds to help the Clippers improve to 12-4, tying the Lakers for the NBA's best record.


Doncic has 36-11-9, Mavs fend off Spurs

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks are learning to keep their cool when the game gets heated, and that proved meaningful against the San Antonio Spurs.

Doncic had 36 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds and the Mavericks withstood a late rally to beat the Spurs 122-117 on Friday night.


Nuggets rally to force OT, then top Suns

PHOENIX (AP) Denver coach Michael Malone is a little exasperated with his players after 15 games. Sometimes the Nuggets look like one of the NBA's best teams. Sometimes they've looked awful.

He's just thankful the good version showed up in time on Friday night.


Rockets withstand final review in win

DETROIT (AP) Jerami Grant's driving layup on the final play came too late, and the Houston Rockets held on for a 103-102 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.

Down one with 3.4 seconds remaining, the Pistons inbounded to Grant, who faked a handoff to Blake Griffin and then drove down the right side of the lane. Time clearly ran out before he laid the ball in, but he was also bumped by Houston's P.J. Tucker.


Raptors blow 21-point lead but beat Heat

TAMPA , Fla. (AP) Norman Powell scored 23 points, OG Anunoby added 21 and the Toronto Raptors recovered in the second half after blowing a 21-point lead to beat the Miami Heat 101-81 on Friday night.

Pascal Siakam had 15 points, 14 rebounds and five assists for the Raptors, who never trailed on their way to avenging a 111-102 loss to the Heat on Wednesday night.


Brogdon's 3 lifts Pacers by Magic in OT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) When Malcolm Brogdon caught a pass from Doug McDermott on the right wing in the waning seconds of overtime, he didn't hesitate to launch the deep shot.

"I like to take big shots," Brogdon said. "My teammates and coaches trust me to take shots. I trust myself to take big shots. I knew where shot clock was, so I just shot the ball."


Kings overcone cold spell, top Knicks

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Harrison Barnes had 21 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and the Sacramento Kings overcame a cold shooting spell late in the fourth quarter to hold off the New York Knicks 103-94 on Friday night and end a four-game losing streak.

The Kings made only three shots over the final six minutes but made up for it by going 7 of 8 on free throws down the stretch.

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