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Embiid scores 28 in return as 76ers top Timberwolves in OT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Joel Embiid was a spectator for two games, and that was long enough for the Philadelphia big man to get antsy.

Embiid scored 28 points in his return to the lineup and the 76ers topped the Minnesota Timberwolves 118-112 in overtime Tuesday night to stop a four-game losing streak.

''We needed this,'' Embiid said. ''My goal is to always bring back a lot of energy. Obviously use my skills, but a lot of it is just playing hard.''

After missing two games with back tightness, Embiid hit two free throws with 14.8 seconds remaining to force overtime. Then he scored seven points in the extra session, including a 3-pointer that gave Philadelphia a seven-point lead in the final two minutes.

J.J. Redick scored 24 points and made all 11 of his free throws for the Sixers.

Jimmy Butler led Minnesota with a season-high 38 points, including a pair of 3s in the final minute of regulation.

Embiid got the better of Karl-Anthony Towns as the talented 7-footers battled down low all night. Towns had 17 points and 15 rebounds, his 22nd double-double of the season.

''Last year I was really excited to play against him,'' Embiid said. ''This year was treated like a regular game and we got the win.''

Before Butler hit a 3-pointer with 47.6 seconds to play in regulation, Minnesota was 1 for 21 from long range. Butler connected again with 17.8 seconds remaining, but his step-back jumper at the buzzer fell short as the game went to overtime.

Butler had 14 fourth-quarter points and helped the Timberwolves build a seven-point lead early in the period. But his late heroics weren't enough.

''Jimmy was fantastic tonight,'' Towns said. ''I didn't do anything tonight to help him.''

Philadelphia jumped out to an early lead in overtime, aided by three free throws from Redick. A dunk by rookie Ben Simmons provided an answer for the Sixers after Minnesota threatened to climb back into it.

The turnover discrepancy was lopsided. Philadelphia committed 24 turnovers while the Timberwolves turned the ball over just 10 times.

Yet despite sloppy play at times, the Sixers didn't end up getting hurt in the end by the turnover margin.

''It is so frustrating, because they play their hearts out and you just keep squirting the ball around the gym,'' 76ers coach Brett Brown said. ''We were lucky to get out of it with a win with that many turnovers.''

Minnesota shot just 5 for 29 from 3-point range and was 1 for 13 from deep in the first half. Andrew Wiggins went 8 of 24 overall and 1 of 7 from beyond the arc.

''Every night, your shot's not going to fall,'' Wiggins said. ''We didn't shoot great from the 3-point line, but that's basketball. You're not going to make all the shots.''

Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau used just three reserves despite visible fatigue from his starting five. Towns and Butler each topped 40 minutes in regulation.

Though four starters played 39 minutes or more, Minnesota players said that wasn't the reason they lost.

''I think we need to get into better shape if we're tired,'' Butler said. ''Do whatever it takes for this team, this organization, to win. If you're tired, run some extra laps after practice.''

TIP-INS

76ers: Simmons, who entered averaging 18 points per game, didn't score until 1:17 remained in the fourth quarter when he had a dunk. He finished with seven points. ... The Sixers set a season worst for turnovers. Their previous high was 22 on Nov. 7 against Utah.

Timberwolves: F Nemanja Bjelica missed his 10th straight game with a foot injury. ... Minnesota fell to 5-10 when committing fewer than 15 turnovers in a game. The Timberwolves are 11-2 when turning the ball over 15 or more times.

CLUTCH AT THE LINE

Philadelphia got to the free throw line 13 times in overtime and made 11 of those shots. The Sixers shot 84.4 percent (27 for 32) from the line overall. Minnesota, meanwhile, was 19 of 27 (70.4 percent) from the stripe.

''Putting them at the line hurt us,'' Thibodeau said.

In addition to Redick's perfect performance, Embiid was 11 for 12 at the foul line. Philadelphia entered shooting 74.4 percent on free throws.

UP NEXT

76ers: At the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday.

Timberwolves: Home against the Sacramento Kings on Thursday.

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Key Players
J. Embiid
21 C
K. Towns
32 C
34.9 Min. Per Game 34.9
20.1 Pts. Per Game 20.1
1.7 Ast. Per Game 1.7
11.6 Reb. Per Game 11.6
48.7 Field Goal % 52.5
48.7 Three Point % 52.6
79.9 Free Throw % 84.7
+ 2 Karl-Anthony Towns made jump shot 0:00
  Offensive rebound by Karl-Anthony Towns 0:00
  Jimmy Butler missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:02
+ 1 JJ Redick made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:09
+ 1 JJ Redick made 1st of 2 free throws 0:09
  Personal foul on Karl-Anthony Towns 0:09
+ 3 Jimmy Butler made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Karl-Anthony Towns 0:11
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:15
  Out of bounds turnover on Andrew Wiggins 0:38
+ 1 JJ Redick made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:39
+ 1 JJ Redick made 1st of 2 free throws 0:39
Team Stats
Points 118 112
Field Goals 40-80 (50.0%) 44-108 (40.7%)
3-Pointers 11-26 (42.3%) 5-29 (17.2%)
Free Throws 27-32 (84.4%) 19-27 (70.4%)
Total Rebounds 61 56
Offensive 7 17
Defensive 45 33
Team 9 6
Assists 32 19
Steals 6 14
Blocks 3 7
Turnovers 24 10
Fouls 18 21
Technicals 0 3
28 PTS, 12 REB, 8 AST
38 PTS, 6 REB, 3 AST
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away team logo 76ers 14-13 2028262618118
home team logo Timberwolves 16-12 2724252412112
Team Stats
away team logo 76ers 14-13 108.8 PPG 49.5 RPG 25.8 APG
home team logo Timberwolves 16-12 101.6 PPG 45.2 RPG 22.4 APG
Key Players
J. Embiid C 22.9 PPG 11.0 RPG 3.2 APG 48.3 FG%
J. Butler SG 22.2 PPG 5.3 RPG 4.9 APG 47.4 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Embiid C 28 PTS 12 REB 8 AST
J. Butler SG 38 PTS 6 REB 3 AST
50.0 FG% 40.7
42.3 3PT FG% 17.2
84.4 FT% 70.4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Embiid 39 28 12 8 0 1 2 5 8/16 1/1 11/12 1 11 55 +19
J. Redick 35 26 2 3 0 0 3 2 6/15 3/9 11/11 0 2 31 +11
R. Holmes 33 15 11 2 0 1 2 2 6/11 1/3 2/3 0 11 29 -6
D. Saric 39 14 8 3 1 0 3 0 5/10 3/8 1/2 2 6 26 +3
B. Simmons 40 7 3 8 1 0 7 0 3/8 0/0 1/3 0 3 20 +3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Embiid 39 28 12 8 0 1 2 5 8/16 1/1 11/12 1 11 55 +19
J. Redick 35 26 2 3 0 0 3 2 6/15 3/9 11/11 0 2 31 +11
R. Holmes 33 15 11 2 0 1 2 2 6/11 1/3 2/3 0 11 29 -6
D. Saric 39 14 8 3 1 0 3 0 5/10 3/8 1/2 2 6 26 +3
B. Simmons 40 7 3 8 1 0 7 0 3/8 0/0 1/3 0 3 20 +3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Booker 19 12 5 5 2 1 0 0 6/8 0/0 0/0 2 3 30 +8
T. McConnell 26 7 6 2 1 0 3 2 3/4 0/0 1/1 1 5 15 -1
J. Bayless 14 6 2 0 0 0 1 2 2/3 2/3 0/0 0 2 7 +3
T. Luwawu-Cabarrot 3 3 1 1 0 0 1 2 1/2 1/1 0/0 1 0 5 0
A. Johnson 12 0 2 0 1 0 2 3 0/3 0/1 0/0 0 2 1 -10
J. Pullen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Covington - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. McAdoo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Korkmaz - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Fultz - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 260 118 52 32 6 3 24 18 40/80 11/26 27/32 7 45 219 +30
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Butler 45 38 6 3 1 0 1 1 15/33 3/9 5/5 3 3 50 -6
A. Wiggins 40 20 7 2 2 1 1 3 8/24 1/7 3/5 4 3 33 -10
K. Towns 48 19 16 2 4 3 1 4 6/16 0/4 7/10 4 12 45 -10
J. Teague 37 17 1 3 1 0 3 3 8/14 1/3 0/0 0 1 22 -4
T. Gibson 39 7 12 2 2 2 1 6 3/9 0/1 1/4 5 7 26 -3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Butler 45 38 6 3 1 0 1 1 15/33 3/9 5/5 3 3 50 -6
A. Wiggins 40 20 7 2 2 1 1 3 8/24 1/7 3/5 4 3 33 -10
K. Towns 48 19 16 2 4 3 1 4 6/16 0/4 7/10 4 12 45 -10
J. Teague 37 17 1 3 1 0 3 3 8/14 1/3 0/0 0 1 22 -4
T. Gibson 39 7 12 2 2 2 1 6 3/9 0/1 1/4 5 7 26 -3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Jones 15 5 1 1 3 0 1 0 1/1 0/0 3/3 0 1 10 -2
G. Dieng 18 4 5 1 1 1 2 3 2/6 0/1 0/0 1 4 11 +1
J. Crawford 20 2 2 5 0 0 0 1 1/5 0/4 0/0 0 2 14 +4
A. Brooks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Aldrich - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Bjelica - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Muhammad - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Georges-Hunt - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Patton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 262 112 50 19 14 7 10 21 44/108 5/29 19/27 17 33 211 -30