The Chicago Bulls withstood a 40-point and 14-rebound double-double from Joel Embiid to snap the 76ers’ six-game NBA winning streak with a 108-104 victory in the NBA yesterday (Philippine time).
Coby White scored 24 points and Nikola Vucevic added 23 for the Bulls, who saw a 12-point lead to start the fourth quarter whittled to one point on Tyrese Maxey’s three-pointer with 33.2 seconds remaining.
DeMar DeRozan, who finished with 15 points, drained a trio of free-throws to give Chicago some breathing room, and reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Embiid came up empty on two possessions in the waning seconds.
Embiid notched his 11th straight game with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds, but the Sixers couldn’t maintain the momentum after racing to a 16-4 lead in the opening minutes.
White flirted with the first triple-double of his career, adding eight rebounds and nine assists for Chicago.
The Minnesota Timberwolves rallied late for a 112-108 victory over the Heat in Miami to match Boston for best record in the league at 20-5.
Anthony Edwards scored 32 points and Karl-Anthony Towns added 18 for the Timberwolves, which tightened the defensive screws in the second half to overcome an early 17-point deficit.
Down by six going into the final period, the Timberwolves took the lead on Michael Conley’s three-pointer with 8:37 to play.
Miami would edge ahead again before Naz Reid’s turnaround shot gave Minnesota a one-point advantage, and they wouldn’t trail again.
The Wolves notched their league-leading seventh win when trailing by double digits at any point in the game.
Miami were buoyed by the return of Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo. Herro scored 25 points in his first game back after missing 18 games with a sprained left ankle. Adebayo, who missed seven games with a bruised hip, added 22.
In Indianapolis, James Harden scored 21 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter as the Los Angeles Clippers powered to a 151-126 victory over the Pacers.
Harden scored 18 straight points for the Clippers in little more than three minutes in the fourth. Los Angeles pushed their lead to as many as 33 before it was done.
Against the Pacers’ porous defense, Kawhi Leonard scored 28 points and Paul George added 27 for the Clippers, who pushed their winning streak to eight games.
Pistons lose again
Bennedict Mathurin led Indiana with a season-high 34 points, but Tyrese Haliburton — back after missing one game with a bruised knee — had just eight points with 11 assists and four turnovers.
The Cleveland Cavaliers had to work overtime to beat the Houston Rockets, 135-130.
Donovan Mitchell scored 37 points and Sam Merrill had a career-high of 19 off the bench for the Cavs, who outscored Houston, 13-8, in the extra session, and have now won 11 straight overtime games.
In Atlanta, the Hawks piled more misery on the Detroit Pistons, handing them a 24th straight defeat, 130-124.
Trae Young scored 31 points and handed out 15 assists for the Hawks, who led wire-to-wire.
Cade Cunningham scored a career high 43 points for Detroit, but the Pistons are two defeats away from matching the league’s longest losing streak in a single season — 26 games by the 2010-2011 Cleveland Cavaliers and 2013-2014 Philadelphia 76ers. (Agence France-Presse)