NBA summary of December 23: a memorable performance from Joel Embiid and James Harden


James Harden tied a team record with 21 assists and Joel Embiid scorched with 44 points as the Philadelphia 76ers earned their seventh straight 119-114 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.

Harden’s 21 assists are a career high for the bearded man, who completed his hat-trick with 20 points and 11 rebounds. The brilliance of the star duo allowed the Sixers to close a 20-point deficit at some point in the 2nd quarter.

Harden now shares the team record for assists in a game with Wilt Chamberlain and Maurice Cheeks.

Embiid also saw his name linked to that of Chamberlain by joining him for 2nd in Sixers history in games with 40 or more points.

The Sixers have made their home a true fortress by signing a 7th consecutive victory during their stay at home. Philadelphia is now 19-12 after playing for .500 in the first 24 games of the season.

In the loss, Kawhi Leonard had one of his best performances of the season with 28 points. Paul George added 22 and Norman Powell 21.

Doncic dazzles

Luka Doncic scored 50 points for the Dallas Mavericks to a 112-106 win over the Houston Rockets.

Doncic is the ninth player to reach this milestone this season. Earlier last season, he had a career-best 51 points against the Clippers.

Doncic added 10 assists but just missed the hat-trick as he picked up eight rebounds. He is only the fourth player in NBA history with multiple games of at least 50 points, five rebounds and five assists before age 24.

Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans each had 11 points in the win.

Among the Rockets, the 24 points of Jabari Smith Jr. and the 23 points of Jalen Green will not have made it possible to sign a victory. Smith added 10 rebounds.

In other matches:

San Antonio 113 – Orlando 133
HER :
Keldon Johnson had 17 points and Tre Jones had 16 points
ENT: Cole Anthony narrowly misses the hat-trick with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists

Detroit 105 – Atlanta 130
TED:
Bojan Bogdanovic scored 23 points in the loss
ATL: Performance of 26 points and 13 assists for Trae Young

Minnesota 109 – Boston 121
MIN:
Anthony Edwards had 30 points and six rebounds
BOS: Jaylen Brown contributed with 36 points and seven rebounds

Milwaukee 100–Brooklyn 118
MIL:
Giannis Atetokounmpo finished the game with 26 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists.
BRO: Evening of 24 points, five rebounds and six assists for Kevin Durant

Chicago 118 – New York 117
CHI:
Zach LaVine had 33 points in the win
New York: Canadian RJ Barrett excelled with 44 points, the best performance of his season

Indiana 111 – Miami 108
IND:
Tyrese Haliburton provided 43 points for the Pacers. Six points for Bennedict Mathurin
AIM: Tyler Herro drove in 28 points

New Orleans 128 – Oklahoma City 125
NO:
23 points and five rebounds for Trey Murphy III
OKAY : Another great performance from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander with 44 points and nine rebounds

Portland-Denver
ORP:
DEN:

Memphis-Phoenix
SAME :
PHO:

Washington-Sacramento
WAS
:
BAG :

Charlotte – LA Lakers
CHA:
ALL:

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