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Embiid, with dislocated finger, leads 76ers past Thunder

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Joel Embiid's left ring finger looked like the top of a used bendy drinking straw, grotesquely overlapping his pinkie to the point that it seemed he had his fingers crossed.

''I nearly threw up when I saw that,'' 76ers guard Ben Simmons said.

So gross.

Simmons' stomach was soon settled, and so were the Sixers when Embiid needed nothing more than a quick trip to the locker room and some tape. Embiid played through the unsightly injury and scored 18 points, Simmons had 17 points and 15 rebounds and Philadelphia snapped a four-game losing streak, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 120-113 on Monday night.

''I'm glad he came back out,'' Simmons said. ''We needed him. He's a big part of this team.''

The 76ers lost all four games on a trip that knocked them down the Eastern Conference standings and raised questions about how far this team can go in the playoffs.

They usually last in the postseason as long as a healthy Embiid can take them. The All-Star center dislocated his finger in the first quarter. Embiid returned to start the second quarter, though the injury prevented him from playing with his usual force on the glass and he lost a bunch of rebounds to Steven Adams.

''I felt my finger snapping and I thought I fractured it,'' Embiid said. ''They did some X-rays and said it was nothing.''

Embiid said there was a chance he might not play Thursday against Boston.

''I couldn't go up with two hands,'' Embiid said. ''There were a couple of times I could have grabbed with both hands but I just couldn't. I just kept tapping it.''

The Thunder, who had won five straight, closed within two with 3 minutes left before the Sixers scored nine straight points to put the game away. Embiid's fingers looked fine on a dish to Tobias Harris for a dunk, and Harris buried a 3 to make it 115-106.

Adams had 24 points and 15 rebounds, and Chris Paul scored 18 points.

''We've gotten down and these guys always fight back,'' Thunder coach Billy Donovan said.

Josh Richardson scored 23 points for the Sixers, and Simmons fell two assists shy of a triple-double in another solid game without a basket beyond 22 feet.

Simmons is an All-Star and triple-double threat but for whatever reason, he won't shoot 3-pointers. His only two career 3s have come this season and after he made one in a Dec. 7 win against Cleveland, coach Brett Brown implored Simmons to shoot more of them.

''This is what I want,'' Brown said that night. ''I want a 3-point shot per game, minimum. He will be liberated. His world will open up and, in many ways, so will ours.''

Simmons responded to Brown's edict by doubling down on his refusal to shoot 3s. He had a meaningless heave in a Dec. 10 game against Denver but otherwise has not attempted an honest 3.

Brown acknowledged Simmons has disregarded his request.

''Evidently, I have failed,'' Brown said. ''It's something that we're all mindful and this is one of these things that is never going to go away. The attention that this has received is remarkable. I guess I helped fuel it. I own it. I've got to help him find this and most importantly he has to help himself.''

The Sixers need more 3-point shooting, period. They made only six in each of the last two losses and returned home hopeful of finding the stroke that saw them hit a franchise record-tying 21 3s in a Christmas Day win over Milwaukee.

''This team needs to find more 3-point opportunities. We do,'' Brown said. ''We need to hunt 3s in a more definitive way than we currently are.''

The 76ers got that message, at least early, and they finished an efficient 13 for 26 on 3s.

Harris hit three of Philly's eight 3s (on 14 attempts) in the first half for a 62-52 lead at the break. But they hit just two in the third - and whiffed on a few easy looks at the basket - and had their 14-point lead sliced to 90-86.

TIP-INS

Thunder: Missed 10 of 31 free throws. Dennis Schroder scored 21 points.

76ers: Shot 51% from the floor.

OLD FRIENDS

Donovan coached 76ers F Al Horford to consecutive NCAA championships at Florida and remains a fan of the All-Star.

''That's the one thing with Al, he can figure out and look at the dynamics of the team and then he can figure out what he's got to do to impact the team,'' Donovan said. ''He's got a really good awareness of what he needs to do to help the group.''

UP NEXT

The Thunder finish their trip Tuesday in Brooklyn.

The Sixers host the Celtics on Thursday.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:43   Steven Adams missed hook shot  
11:41   Defensive rebound by Joel Embiid  
11:28   Joel Embiid missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:25   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
11:21 +3 Terrance Ferguson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Chris Paul 3-0
11:00 +2 Joel Embiid made jump shot, assist by Tobias Harris 3-2
10:48 +2 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made floating jump shot 5-2
10:39   Ben Simmons missed layup  
10:37   Defensive rebound by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander  
10:19   Shai Gilgeous-Alexander missed floating jump shot  
10:17   Defensive rebound by Tobias Harris  
10:03   Tobias Harris missed jump shot  
10:00   Defensive rebound by Danilo Gallinari  
9:50   Danilo Gallinari missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:48   Defensive rebound by Tobias Harris  
9:40   Joel Embiid missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:38   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
9:36   Out of bounds turnover on Chris Paul  
9:19 +2 Ben Simmons made hook shot, assist by Josh Richardson 5-4
9:09   Terrance Ferguson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:06   Defensive rebound by Joel Embiid  
8:56 +2 Al Horford made driving layup, assist by Tobias Harris 5-6
8:46 +2 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made hook shot 7-6
8:26   Joel Embiid missed turnaround jump shot, blocked by Steven Adams  
8:23   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
8:15 +2 Steven Adams made hook shot 9-6
8:02 +2 Josh Richardson made layup, assist by Ben Simmons 9-8
7:45   Shooting foul on Joel Embiid  
7:45 +1 Steven Adams made 1st of 2 free throws 10-8
7:45   Steven Adams missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
7:43   Defensive rebound by Ben Simmons  
7:30 +2 Josh Richardson made fade-away jump shot 10-10
7:08   Shai Gilgeous-Alexander missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:07   PHI team rebound  
6:52   Lost ball turnover on Joel Embiid, stolen by Chris Paul  
6:47 +3 Chris Paul made 3-pt. jump shot 13-10
6:30   Josh Richardson missed hook shot  
6:28   Defensive rebound by Steven Adams  
6:24 +3 Chris Paul made 3-pt. jump shot 16-10
6:06 +3 Tobias Harris made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Al Horford 16-13
5:45   Chris Paul missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:42   Offensive rebound by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander  
5:39   Personal foul on Josh Richardson  
5:26   Out of bounds turnover on Chris Paul  
5:10   Furkan Korkmaz missed driving layup  
5:07   Defensive rebound by Danilo Gallinari  
5:00   Shooting foul on Furkan Korkmaz  
5:00 +1 Dennis Schroder made 1st of 2 free throws 17-13
5:00 +1 Dennis Schroder made 2nd of 2 free throws 18-13
4:48   Personal foul on Terrance Ferguson  
4:35 +3 Tobias Harris made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ben Simmons 18-16
4:22 +2 Danilo Gallinari made jump shot, assist by Mike Muscala 20-16
4:16 +3 James Ennis III made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ben Simmons 20-19
3:54   Personal foul on Tobias Harris  
3:47   Dennis Schroder missed finger-roll layup  
3:45   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
3:37   Out of bounds turnover on Ben Simmons  
3:25 +2 Hamidou Diallo made hook shot, assist by Dennis Schroder 22-19
3:11 +3 Tobias Harris made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ben Simmons 22-22
2:55 +3 Mike Muscala made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dennis Schroder 25-22
2:43   Ben Simmons missed finger-roll layup  
2:40   Defensive rebound by Hamidou Diallo  
2:40   Offensive foul on Hamidou Diallo  
2:40   Turnover on Hamidou Diallo  
2:31   Al Horford missed jump shot  
2:30   PHI team rebound  
2:30   Personal foul on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander  
2:22   Joel Embiid missed floating jump shot  
2:17   Offensive rebound by Ben Simmons  
2:17   Ben Simmons missed dunk  
2:15   Offensive rebound by Ben Simmons  
2:15 +2 Ben Simmons made dunk 25-24
2:04 +2 Dennis Schroder made jump shot 27-24
1:53 +2 Furkan Korkmaz made fade-away jump shot, assist by Joel Embiid 27-26
1:53   Shooting foul on Dennis Schroder  
1:53 +1 Furkan Korkmaz made free throw 27-27
1:34   Darius Bazley missed jump shot  
1:29   Offensive rebound by Steven Adams  
1:29   Steven Adams missed dunk  
1:29   Offensive rebound by Steven Adams  
1:28 +2 Steven Adams made dunk 29-27
1:26   Violation  
1:18   Offensive foul on Ben Simmons  
1:18   Turnover on Ben Simmons  
1:06   Hamidou Diallo missed reverse layup  
1:04   Defensive rebound by Furkan Korkmaz  
0:55 +2 Al Horford made hook shot, assist by Furkan Korkmaz 29-29
0:36 +2 Dennis Schroder made jump shot 31-29
0:15 +2 Trey Burke made reverse layup 31-31
0:00   Chris Paul missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   OKC team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:36   James Ennis III missed driving layup  
11:35   Offensive rebound by Joel Embiid  
11:33   Mike Scott missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:33   Defensive rebound by Steven Adams  
11:15   Lost ball turnover on Dennis Schroder, stolen by James Ennis III  
11:09   James Ennis III missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:03   Defensive rebound by Darius Bazley  
11:00   Offensive foul on Darius Bazley  
11:00   Turnover on Darius Bazley  
10:48 +3 Trey Burke made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Josh Richardson 31-34
10:29   Bad pass turnover on Darius Bazley, stolen by Josh Richardson  
10:24   James Ennis III missed reverse layup, blocked by Hamidou Diallo  
10:22   Defensive rebound by Steven Adams  
10:15   Hamidou Diallo missed jump shot  
10:12   Offensive rebound by Steven Adams  
10:04 +2 Hamidou Diallo made alley-oop shot, assist by Chris Paul 33-34
9:49   Josh Richardson missed jump shot  
9:45   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
9:39 +3 Darius Bazley made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Steven Adams 36-34
9:18 +2 Joel Embiid made jump shot 36-36
9:02   Hamidou Diallo missed driving layup  
9:01   Offensive rebound by Steven Adams  
8:58 +2 Steven Adams made dunk 38-36
8:48 +2 Josh Richardson made jump shot 38-38
8:43 +2 Steven Adams made finger-roll layup, assist by Chris Paul 40-38
8:43   Shooting foul on Josh Richardson  
8:43 +1 Steven Adams made free throw 41-38
8:37   Personal foul on Dennis Schroder  
8:24   Joel Embiid missed hook shot  
8:20   Defensive rebound by Steven Adams  
8:04   Chris Paul missed floating jump shot  
8:00   Offensive rebound by Chris Paul  
7:55   Darius Bazley missed hook shot  
7:52   Defensive rebound by Joel Embiid  
7:44   Offensive foul on Joel Embiid  
7:44   Turnover on Joel Embiid  
7:33   Dennis Schroder missed floating jump shot  
7:31   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
7:26   Shooting foul on Mike Muscala  
7:26 +1 Ben Simmons made 1st of 2 free throws 41-39
7:26   Ben Simmons missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
7:24   Defensive rebound by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander  
7:01   Shai Gilgeous-Alexander missed finger-roll layup  
6:59   Defensive rebound by Ben Simmons  
6:56   Shooting foul on Mike Muscala  
6:56 +1 Ben Simmons made 1st of 2 free throws 41-40
6:56 +1 Ben Simmons made 2nd of 2 free throws 41-41
6:40 +2 Dennis Schroder made finger-roll layup 43-41
6:40   Shooting foul on Furkan Korkmaz  
6:40 +1 Dennis Schroder made free throw 44-41
6:30   Furkan Korkmaz missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:26   Defensive rebound by Danilo Gallinari  
6:06   Mike Muscala missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:04   Defensive rebound by Ben Simmons  
5:57   Al Horford missed jump shot  
5:55   Defensive rebound by Danilo Gallinari  
5:48   Terrance Ferguson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:45   Defensive rebound by Ben Simmons  
5:36   Bad pass turnover on James Ennis III, stolen by Terrance Ferguson  
5:28   Dennis Schroder missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:26   Defensive rebound by Ben Simmons  
5:09 +2 James Ennis III made driving layup, assist by Tobias Harris 44-43
4:50   Danilo Gallinari missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:47   Defensive rebound by Ben Simmons  
4:40 +3 Furkan Korkmaz made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Al Horford 44-46
4:17 +2 Dennis Schroder made finger-roll layup 46-46
3:58   Tobias Harris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:56   Defensive rebound by Danilo Gallinari  
3:51   Shooting foul on Tobias Harris  
3:51   Shai Gilgeous-Alexander missed 1st of 2 free throws  
3:51   OKC team rebound  
3:51 +1 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made 2nd of 2 free throws 47-46
3:39 +2 Tobias Harris made jump shot, assist by Al Horford 47-48
3:20   Personal foul on Ben Simmons  
3:10   Danilo Gallinari missed driving layup  
3:08   Defensive rebound by Tobias Harris  
3:03 +2 Tobias Harris made dunk 47-50
2:46   Shai Gilgeous-Alexander missed reverse layup  
2:47   Offensive rebound by Danilo Gallinari  
2:47   Shooting foul on Tobias Harris  
2:47 +1 Danilo Gallinari made 1st of 2 free throws 48-50
2:47 +1 Danilo Gallinari made 2nd of 2 free throws 49-50
2:27 +2 Joel Embiid made reverse layup, assist by Ben Simmons 49-52
2:02   Shai Gilgeous-Alexander missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:59   OKC team rebound  
2:01   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
1:46 +3 Josh Richardson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Joel Embiid 49-55
1:35   Chris Paul missed jump shot  
1:31   Defensive rebound by Joel Embiid  
1:21 +2 Ben Simmons made hook shot, assist by Joel Embiid 49-57
1:05   Bad pass turnover on Dennis Schroder, stolen by Ben Simmons  
1:00 +2 Ben Simmons made finger-roll layup 49-59
0:51   Lost ball turnover on Dennis Schroder, stolen by Mike Scott  
0:47   James Ennis III missed alley-oop shot  
0:43   Defensive rebound by Steven Adams  
0:33   Steven Adams missed reverse layup  
0:31   Offensive rebound by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander  
0:30 +3 Chris Paul made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 52-59
0:12 +3 Josh Richardson made 3-pt. jump shot 52-62
0:00   Chris Paul missed jump shot  
0:00   OKC team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:51 +2 Joel Embiid made dunk, assist by Tobias Harris 52-64
11:51   Shooting foul on Chris Paul  
11:51   Joel Embiid missed free throw  
11:49   Defensive rebound by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander  
11:36   Danilo Gallinari missed jump shot  
11:32   Defensive rebound by Tobias Harris  
11:27   Shooting foul on Danilo Gallinari  
11:27 +1 Joel Embiid made 1st of 2 free throws 52-65
11:27 +1 Joel Embiid made 2nd of 2 free throws 52-66
11:18   Shai Gilgeous-Alexander missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:14   Defensive rebound by Tobias Harris  
11:10   Ben Simmons missed layup  
11:07   Defensive rebound by Danilo Gallinari  
10:54   Danilo Gallinari missed reverse layup  
10:50   Defensive rebound by Tobias Harris  
10:47   Al Horford missed turnaround jump shot  
10:47   OKC team rebound  
10:47   Personal foul on Ben Simmons  
10:27 +3 Terrance Ferguson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Chris Paul 55-66
10:09   Josh Richardson missed jump shot  
10:08   PHI team rebound  
10:08   Personal foul on Terrance Ferguson  
9:55   Tobias Harris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:52   Defensive rebound by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander  
9:47   Terrance Ferguson missed driving layup  
9:46   Defensive rebound by Josh Richardson  
9:39 +2 Josh Richardson made finger-roll layup 55-68
9:17 +3 Danilo Gallinari made 3-pt. jump shot 58-68
8:57 +3 Al Horford made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ben Simmons 58-71
8:46   Personal foul on Ben Simmons  
8:38   Chris Paul missed jump shot  
8:33   Offensive rebound by Dennis Schroder  
8:31 +2 Steven Adams made layup, assist by Dennis Schroder 60-71
8:17   Tobias Harris missed alley-oop shot  
8:16   Defensive rebound by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander  
8:12   Shooting foul on Tobias Harris  
8:12   Shai Gilgeous-Alexander missed 1st of 2 free throws  
8:12   OKC team rebound  
8:12 +1 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made 2nd of 2 free throws 61-71
7:54   Joel Embiid missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:52   Defensive rebound by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander  
7:50 +2 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made finger-roll layup 63-71
7:44   Personal foul on Joel Embiid  
7:50 +1 Steven Adams made free throw 64-71
7:34 +2 Al Horford made hook shot, assist by Joel Embiid 64-73
7:25   Offensive foul on Chris Paul  
7:25   Turnover on Chris Paul  
7:04 +2 Josh Richardson made jump shot, assist by Joel Embiid 64-75
6:48   Danilo Gallinari missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:46   Defensive rebound by Furkan Korkmaz  
6:30 +2 Al Horford made turnaround jump shot 64-77
6:14 +3 Dennis Schroder made 3-pt. jump shot 67-77
5:54   Lost ball turnover on Al Horford, stolen by Danilo Gallinari  
5:37 +2 Steven Adams made alley-oop shot, assist by Danilo Gallinari 69-77
5:26   Out of bounds turnover on Al Horford  
5:15   Shooting foul on Al Horford  
5:15   Danilo Gallinari missed 1st of 3 free throws  
5:15