PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid repeatedly stepped to the free throw line with one thought in mind during critical moments of the Philadelphia 76ers’ overtime victory over the Charlotte Hornets.
“Got to make them,” Embiid said. “They call me ‘clutch’ for a reason, so got to make them.”
Embiid was 14-for-16 from the line between the fourth quarter and overtime to help ice the 76ers’ 133-132 victory Friday night. He had 42 points and 18 rebounds.
The Hornets fought back from a 21-point deficit and led by five with 1:18 remaining in regulation before the Sixers forced extra time. Kemba Walker scored 19 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter for the Hornets.
Pacers 110, Heat 102: MIAMI — Victor Oladipo had 22 points and 10 assists and Bojan Bogdanovic put Indiana ahead to stay on a 3-pointer with just under a minute remaining.
Magic 117, Wizards 108: ORLANDO, Fla. — Nikola Vucevic had 21 points and 14 rebounds and D.J. Augustin came up with big plays in the final two minutes to help Orlando beat Washington.
Pistons 124, Hawks 109: ATLANTA — Andre Drummond had 23 points and 11 rebounds and Stanley Johnson added a season-high 22 points for Detroit.
Jazz 123, Celtics 115: SALT LAKE CITY — Joe Ingles matched his career high with 27 points and added a season-high seven assists to help Utah beat Boston in Gordon Hayward’s return to Utah.
Nets 112, Nuggets 110: DENVER — Caris LeVert hit a floater in the lane with 0.3 seconds left and Brooklyn scored the last six points.
Kings 121, Timberwolves 110: SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Willie Cauley-Stein had 25 points and Nemanja Bjelica scored eight in a row during a big run late in the third quarter to lift Sacramento.