Joel Embiid scored 19 points before being ejected as the Philadelphia 76ers won their fourth straight game in the season by beating the Minnesota Timberwolves, 117-95. Embiid was sent to the showers on Wednesday, October 30 (Thursday, October 31, Philippine time) along with Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns after the two got into a tussle that also included players and some coaches from both teams.
“I’ve been made for this town and they’ve been built for me,” Embiid said.
“You have to be a Broad Street Bully,” he said in a nod to the rough and tumble NHL team from the 1970s in Philadelphia.
With the Sixers leading 75-55 halfway through the 3rd, no one was injured in the brawl that erupted under the hoop.
The two big men wrestled each other to the ground after they exchanged words as teammates and coaches charged in the fray to try to separate the fighters. At one point, at the bottom of the pile, Sixers Ben Simmons put a chokehold on Towns.
Embiid and Towns have been thrown out. Before being led to the locker room, Embiid headed to the sidelines and jokingly shadowboxed in front of the Sixers bench. Towns refused after the match to inquire about the dust-up.
“It’s been a competitive game,” Towns said.
The win leaves the 76ers with the 3-0 San Antonio Spurs as one of two undefeated NBA teams. The first defeat was suffered by the Timberwolves, slipping to 3-1.
Tobias Harris scored 18 points, Furkan Korkmaz came off the bench to finish 17, and Philadelphia’s Simmons finished 16. Al Horford had 16 rebounds.
Andrew Wiggins scored 19 points for the Timberwolves and Towns finished 13 points. As the new-look Boston Celtics came from behind to beat the Milwaukee Bucks, 116-105, Kemba Walker delivered his second straight 32-point performance. Just last Saturday, in a 118-95 victory over the New York Knicks, Walker had a 32-point breakout with the Celtics.
He matched that Wednesday, adding 6 assists and 6 rebounds as the young season’s Celtics improved to 3-1.
The Celtics, who finished behind Milwaukee, Toronto and Philadelphia as the fourth seed in the East last season, are trying to show that this time around they are an even stronger contender.
“So far, it’s been a great start,” Walker said.
With 22 points and 14 rebounds, Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks.
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