Russell Westbrook and Joel Embiid keep at it after 3OT

Elias Hubbard
December 16, 2017

ABOUT THE 76ERS (14-13): Embiid isn't the only Philadelphia youngster carrying a heavy load for the team, and Simmons paces the team in minutes (36.2) while offering 17.5 points, 8.9 rebounds and 7.7 assists.

Embiid then called out Westbrook after the game, saying the reigning MVP benefits from taking so many shots. Paul helped the Rockets jump out to a 15-point half-time lead, and it never looked back.

Andre Roberson had the opportunity to end the game in double-OT, but despite an apparent foul, the Thunder swingman was unable to finish a lay-up around the rim, sending things to yet another period.

Ricky Rubio (22 points) and Donovan Mitchell (17 points) were the heroes for the Jazz, although it came at a cost after center Rudy Gobert left the court in the first quarter with a knee injury. Later, the Celtics' Jaylen Brown caught Favors with an elbow, leaving him bleeding from his left eye.

Redick finished with 19 points. He is shooting a career-worst 38.9 percent from the field and 71.7 percent from the free-throw line.

Redick had a final chance to win it for the Sixers, but Patrick Patterson blocked his three-point effort as the Thunder survived to win a thriller. Atlanta had three shots in the closing seconds, all of which misfired. Both players finished with 24 points. Former Gator Bradley Beal scored 20 as the host Wizards held off the Clippers 100-91. John Wall scored 15 points, including seven as the Wizards closed the game on an 18-9 run. Damian Lillard top-scored with 21 points.

The Portland Trail Blazers survived a late fightback from the Orlando Magic to win 95-88. Johnson and Ellington combined for 10-of-16 shooting on three-pointers.

Roberson had missed the previous two games against Charlotte and IN after spraining his left ankle IN an overtime win against Memphis on December 9. The contest marked the first triple-OT game of the season in the National Basketball Association, and while it would be cumbersome to dissect each and every twist and turn from the end of regulation through the 15 minutes of additional time, suffice it to say there were many.

It started out as a typical frustrating offensive night for Roberson, who only tallied four points, but wound up being the difference maker at the end of two of the three overtimes. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 29 points and 16 rebounds for Milwaukee.

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