You can start by adding "Clutch" to Joel Embiid's long list of superlatives

You can start by adding "Clutch" to Joel Embiid's long list of superlatives

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The blowout defeat on Sunday night in Brooklyn was a bad one for the Sixers, but a defeat on Friday night would have been worse than any other this season.

Somehow, the Sixers took a 133: 132-hour-over win to go 8: 5 and stay unbeaten at home.

The Sixers scored 21 points in the third quarter but left Charlotte in the game. They just could not stop the bleeding until it was too late – almost.

Kemba Walker had a shot to win the Hornets' last possession, but Robert Covington forced him into a difficult runner he could not beat.

JJ Redick's mid-rise of the buzzer was online but missed out.

In overtime, the Sixers repeatedly fed Joel Embiid, and the big man delivered. Embiid had 42 points, 21 points in the fourth quarter and overtime.

• Embiid played like an MVP on Friday, bringing down all the major games to save the Sixers from a terrible loss.

His competitive three-pointer, who made it to 117 with 33.6s to go, was a massive superstar shot.

• Although the Sixers attack scraped much of the second half, Ben Simmons earns a lot of credit for getting things running late in the fourth quarter and overtime. His drive and his right-hander in Rookie Miles Bridges were a deciding factor in overtime.

At the next possession of the Sixers Simmons again attacked the rim, drew a foul and made one of his free throws. By and large, it is very encouraging that he was ready to invite contact and shoot these free throws. Simmons had 22 points, 13 assists and three sales.

• Dario Saric's best night of the season at the winner of the Pacers on Wednesday does not look like it's a departure. He now enters his sweater with noticeable confidence.

After scoring 23.2 percent in the first 11 games of the season from the three-point area, Saric scored 8 of his last 14 games.

• Wilson Chandler was limited to 15 minutes for the second game in a row, but played well with eight points and five rebounds in his time on the ground. Brett Brown said before the game that he hopes Chandler could play in Memphis on Saturday night.

"It's only a precaution against injury getting the rhythm back instead of just kicking me out," Chandler told the NBC Sports Philadelphia game about his continued minute restrictions. "Health wise, my Achilles tendon and everything is fine."

Brown is a fan of Chandler's versatility, which the veteran introduced on Friday night, guarded Kemba Walker in his first stable and defended almost every member of the Hornets in his second. Regardless of who you change him to, Chandler is a capable defender. Outside Ben Simmons, that's not really something you can say about any other Sixer.

He made a few small milestones, made his first threesome as Sixer and also threw his first Dunk.

• Chandlers Dunk was one of several games in which the Sixers simply defeated the Hornet defense in the second quarter. Charlotte coach James Borrego recognized the crossover defense as a priority game, but his team was poor in that regard.

It's impossible to stop an explosive Simmons caliber athlete if you leave him free in the crossover. The Sixers had 21 quick stops in the first half.

• Markelle Fultz & # 39; free-throw shooting started on Friday night. Fultz managed to make 3 for 6 free throws, but his shot was significant. It looked like he was pushing the ball to the rim. Given the history of Fultz, this form is obviously something to keep an eye on.

• After Mike Muscala was in tow for at least a week with a broken nose and a facial tatter, Jonah Bolden saw his first NBA action since October 30. Bolden alternated between the Sixers and the Delaware Blue Coats, the team's G, back and forth league partners

In his two games with the Blue Coats, Bolden scored a total of 40 points and 31 rebounds.

Bolden hit a good three pace with 1.7 seconds in the first quarter. He had five points and four rebounds in ten minutes

Amir Johnson played just five minutes, the third game in a row he was under seven minutes. If Johnson still sees his role reduced, Bolden should have more chances.

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