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Embiid, 76ers win 126-111, hand Knicks 18th straight loss

NEW YORK (AP) With a big lead and bigger games ahead, Joel Embiid could have opted for safety.

He could have simply let the ball go out of bounds, without putting a scare into people in the 76ers' front office or along the Madison Square Garden sideline.

That's not his style.

''I only know one way to play and that's to play hard and compete,'' Embiid said.

The All-Star center had 26 points, 14 rebounds and one flying leap over an award-winning actress into the crowd, and Philadelphia handed the Knicks their 18th straight loss with a 126-111 victory on Wednesday night.

Tobias Harris scored 25 points and Ben Simmons had 18 for the 76ers, who bounced back from their 112-109 home loss to Boston on Tuesday, sending themselves into the All-Star break with a 37-21 record. They went 7-5 during a difficult stretch of their schedule that included the trade with the Clippers to acquire Harris.

''We're in a good position,'' Simmons said.

They had times Wednesday where it appeared they'd win easily, and other moments where the game became much more difficult than necessary against the team with the NBA's worst record.

Allonzo Trier scored 19 points and fellow rookie Mitchell Robinson had 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Knicks (10-46), who remain mired in the longest losing streak during one season in franchise history.

''All we can do is keep building on the good things we're doing and try to fix the things that are mistakes for us,'' Trier said.

The 76ers made 14 of 18 shots (78 percent) in the first quarter, yet only led 37-33 after the Knicks outworked them on the offensive boards to get up nine more shot attempts. Philadelphia then pushed the lead to 71-55 at halftime.

Philadelphia seemed headed for a rout when it scored eight straight points in the third to open an 88-62 advantage after a free throw by Simmons, but the Knicks put up 36 points in the period and were within single digits going to the fourth.

It was during the third that Embiid gave the 76ers and plenty of people sitting courtside a scare when he tried to chase down a ball going to the sideline. He went flying just over the head of actress Regina King , who won the Best Supporting Actress award at the Golden Globes, and crashed feet-first into the MSG Network statistician working next to broadcaster Mike Breen.

''It's good that I saved her life I guess, but someone else had to, like, take that,'' Embiid said. ''I'm sorry about that.''

Philadelphia coach Brett Brown's thoughts on Embiid's dive?

''Just like I think our owners and our fans back home were thinking,'' he said. ''You respect his aggression, and his passion, but you don't want that. I say that out of love and care. It's stuff you hope to avoid.''

The statistician somehow stayed in the game.

''I didn't see him but I know he's going to feel it tomorrow,'' Simmons said.

The Knicks had their moments, highlighted by rookie Kevin Knox's powerful slam over Simmons . But they don't have the firepower to beat a team like the 76ers, or anyone else in the league over the last 2 1/2 months.

TIP-INS

76ers: Philadelphia has won the last eight meetings. ... Jimmy Butler had 13 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. ... Embiid had his 10th straight double-double.

Knicks: Dennis Smith Jr. had 13 points and DeAndre Jordan, who came with him from Dallas in the Kristaps Porzingis trade, scored 12.

KANTER'S CHANCE

Coach David Fizdale said he was happy for Enes Kanter, who announced Wednesday he was signing with the Portland Trail Blazers. The Knicks waived their former starting center last Thursday after they weren't able to find a trade for him.

''Seriously, that's a great deal for him,'' Fizdale said. ''He landed with a playoff team.''

PAY UP

Embiid was fined $25,000 for his public criticism of the officiating, which included profanity, following Tuesday's loss.

''I knew what I was getting into,'' Embiid said. ''I haven't seen the Last 2-Minute Report but I did get fouled and everybody knew that. I felt like it changed the outcome of the game. The game could have been tied and I was in the heat of the moment.''

The report did say Al Horford should have been called for fouling Embiid with 35 seconds remaining.

UP NEXT

76ers: Host Miami on Feb. 21.

Knicks: Visit Atlanta on Thursday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Tobias Harris 0:15
  Kevin Knox missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:17
  Offensive rebound by Damyean Dotson 0:26
  Luke Kornet missed jump shot 0:29
+ 3 Tobias Harris made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jimmy Butler 0:41
  Defensive rebound by Joel Embiid 0:57
  Damyean Dotson missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:00
+ 2 Jimmy Butler made jump shot 1:06
+ 2 Mitchell Robinson made dunk 1:17
  Offensive foul on Joel Embiid 1:24
  PHI team rebound 1:24
Team Stats
Points 126 111
Field Goals 42-78 (53.8%) 40-100 (40.0%)
3-Pointers 8-23 (34.8%) 9-29 (31.0%)
Free Throws 34-43 (79.1%) 22-27 (81.5%)
Total Rebounds 57 53
Offensive 6 14
Defensive 41 29
Team 10 10
Assists 33 27
Steals 8 8
Blocks 7 4
Turnovers 15 12
Fouls 24 27
Technicals 0 0
26 PTS, 14 REB, 3 AST
14 PTS, 13 REB, 1 AST
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away team logo 76ers 37-21 37342926126
home team logo Knicks 10-47 33223620111
Team Stats
away team logo 76ers 37-21 113.0 PPG 51.5 RPG 28.0 APG
home team logo Knicks 10-47 101.5 PPG 53.5 RPG 23.0 APG
Key Players
J. Embiid C 27.5 PPG 13.6 RPG 3.7 APG 48.4 FG%
A. Trier SG 10.9 PPG 3.1 RPG 1.9 APG 44.8 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Embiid C 26 PTS 14 REB 3 AST
A. Trier SG 19 PTS 4 REB 4 AST
53.8 FG% 40.0
34.8 3PT FG% 31.0
79.1 FT% 81.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Embiid 26 14 3 7/13 0/0 12/14 5 34 0 1 4 2 12 +9 43
T. Harris 25 6 3 9/14 3/7 4/5 3 35 0 1 1 0 6 +27 37
B. Simmons 18 4 7 5/7 0/0 8/14 4 33 1 1 5 1 3 +7 33
J. Redick 15 3 2 4/10 2/6 5/5 4 33 0 0 2 0 3 +7 20
J. Butler 13 7 8 4/6 0/0 5/5 0 34 3 2 0 0 7 +31 41
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Embiid 26 14 3 7/13 0/0 12/14 5 34 0 1 4 2 12 +9 43
T. Harris 25 6 3 9/14 3/7 4/5 3 35 0 1 1 0 6 +27 37
B. Simmons 18 4 7 5/7 0/0 8/14 4 33 1 1 5 1 3 +7 33
J. Redick 15 3 2 4/10 2/6 5/5 4 33 0 0 2 0 3 +7 20
J. Butler 13 7 8 4/6 0/0 5/5 0 34 3 2 0 0 7 +31 41
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Marjanovic 10 8 3 5/7 0/0 0/0 2 13 0 1 2 2 6 +6 23
M. Scott 8 1 0 3/8 2/6 0/0 1 19 0 1 0 0 1 -5 10
T. McConnell 6 3 4 3/7 0/0 0/0 2 14 3 0 1 1 2 +8 19
J. Simmons 3 1 1 1/3 1/2 0/0 2 13 1 0 0 0 1 -16 7
J. Ennis III 2 0 2 1/3 0/2 0/0 1 7 0 0 0 0 0 +1 6
J. Bolden - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Milton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Korkmaz - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Patton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Highsmith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 126 47 33 42/78 8/23 34/43 24 235 8 7 15 6 41 +75 239
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Smith Jr. 13 1 5 5/15 0/0 3/3 4 24 2 0 3 0 1 -17 23
D. Jordan 12 5 7 5/10 0/0 2/2 3 19 0 0 0 3 2 -24 31
K. Knox 9 1 0 4/10 1/4 0/1 5 18 0 0 0 0 1 -29 10
N. Vonleh 3 4 0 1/5 0/2 1/1 3 17 1 0 0 2 2 -18 8
M. Hezonja 0 1 1 0/3 0/0 0/0 0 6 0 0 0 1 0 -9 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Smith Jr. 13 1 5 5/15 0/0 3/3 4 24 2 0 3 0 1 -17 23
D. Jordan 12 5 7 5/10 0/0 2/2 3 19 0 0 0 3 2 -24 31
K. Knox 9 1 0 4/10 1/4 0/1 5 18 0 0 0 0 1 -29 10
N. Vonleh 3 4 0 1/5 0/2 1/1 3 17 1 0 0 2 2 -18 8
M. Hezonja 0 1 1 0/3 0/0 0/0 0 6 0 0 0 1 0 -9 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
A. Trier 19 4 4 5/9 3/4 6/6 2 26 0 0 3 0 4 +9 28
D. Dotson 16 2 3 6/16 2/7 2/2 2 30 0 0 0 2 0 -18 24
M. Robinson 14 13 1 5/8 0/0 4/7 2 28 2 4 0 5 8 +9 35
K. Allen 13 3 4 5/11 1/3 2/3 1 23 3 0 4 1 2 +2 23
L. Kornet 7 6 1 2/11 1/8 2/2 3 28 0 0 2 0 6 +9 13
L. Thomas 5 3 1 2/2 1/1 0/0 2 15 0 0 0 0 3 +11 10
J. Jenkins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Hicks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Mudiay - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Ntilikina - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 111 43 27 40/100 9/29 22/27 27 234 8 4 12 14 29 -75 208