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Embiid, Redick help 76ers beat Knicks, end 5-game skid

NEW YORK (AP) Joel Embiid has endured too much misery in the NBA to miss one of the fun days on the schedule.

So as soon as he knew his back felt up to it, he couldn't wait to get on the court for his first Christmas Day game.

Embiid had 25 points and 16 rebounds, JJ Redick scored 24 points, and the Philadelphia 76ers snapped a five-game losing streak with a 105-98 victory over the New York Knicks on Monday.

''Especially after what we've been through the past four years, I was so excited to play tonight because we've been through so much losing,'' Embiid said. ''And to be able to be one of the few teams in our league that can play on this day, it just shows you how much we've improved.''

Neither Embiid nor Redick was cleared to play until going through pregame warmups, and their presence gave the 76ers just enough to win their first Christmas Day appearance since 2001.

Embiid, who has been battling a bad back, powered through a big-man duel with Enes Kanter, who had a season-high 31 points and tied a career best with 22 rebounds. He joined Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell and Bob Lanier as the only players with a 30-20 game on Christmas, according to research provided to the Knicks by Elias.

''I respect the guy a lot because that guy didn't play three, four years and coming back (at the) level he's playing right now,'' Kanter said of Embiid. ''So it's cool to play against, go against a guy like that.''

Redick, who missed the last game with right hamstring tightness, helped the 76ers pull away from an 89-all tie midway through the fourth quarter. He's played in Christmas games before - and made clear again he's not a fan of them - and he thought his young teammates responded well to their first opportunity.

''There's a tendency to try to put on a show instead of just going out and competing, and I think we did a great job of just going out and competing,'' Redick said.

Kristaps Porzingis scored 22 points for the Knicks, who fell to 22-30 on Christmas with their fifth straight loss on the holiday.

Backup point guard T.J. McConnell had Philadelphia's final eight points of the third quarter, and the 76ers pushed the lead to nine with about 9 minutes left in the game. The Knicks battled back to tied it 89 on Porzingis' three-point play with 5:20 left, but Philadelphia promptly scored the next seven to go up 96-89 on Redick's 3-pointer with 3:34 to play.

Philadelphia's young stars kept the Knicks from getting much closer, with Embiid making a 3-pointer and Ben Simmons stealing Porzingis' pass and dunking it, both times hiking the lead back to eight.

TIP-INS

76ers: Coach Brett Brown called Embiid a ''borrowed stud'' who they get to ''inherit'' when he is able to play. ''He doesn't practice and he comes in and plays games and we're trying to grow him into a situation where he is a normal part of a team,'' Brown said. ... The Sixers franchise is 17-13 on Christmas.

Knicks: Hall of Famer Bernard King, who set the Christmas record when he scored 60 points for the Knicks against the Nets in 1984, was at the game. ... New York had won seven straight at home over Philadelphia.

FULTZ UPDATE

No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz, who has missed two months with right shoulder soreness, is on the trip with the 76ers. Brown said the purpose of having the guard from Washington with the team was ''to make sure that he understands completely he is a significant part of our future and that we are with him unconditionally.''

''We will help move him forward in a timeline that's responsible and I just like having him with his extended family, his teammates, with me, with us,'' Brown added. ''Those types of things.''

WHAT COULD'VE BEEN

Porzingis could've been playing for the 76ers instead of against them Monday. The Knicks took him with the No. 4 pick in 2015, one spot after Philadelphia went with Jahlil Okafor, who eventually fell out of the rotation entirely and was dealt earlier this month to Brooklyn. But Brown declined to look back, saying ''next question'' when asked if he ever wondered ''what if?'' when it came to Porzingis.

UP NEXT

76ers: Visit Portland on Thursday.

Knicks: Visit Chicago on Wednesday.

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Key Players
B. Simmons
25 PG
K. Porzingis
6 PF
31.7 Min. Per Game 31.7
24.7 Pts. Per Game 24.7
1.3 Ast. Per Game 1.3
6.7 Reb. Per Game 6.7
51.1 Field Goal % 44.8
51.1 Three Point % 45.3
52.9 Free Throw % 82.8
  Bad pass turnover on Michael Beasley, stolen by JJ Redick 0:06
  Team rebound 0:08
  Kristaps Porzingis missed jump shot 0:08
  Offensive rebound by Kristaps Porzingis 0:08
  Frank Ntilikina missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:12
+ 1 JJ Redick made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:21
+ 1 JJ Redick made 1st of 2 free throws 0:21
  Personal foul on Frank Ntilikina 0:21
  Defensive rebound by Joel Embiid 0:23
  Kristaps Porzingis missed free throw 0:26
  Offensive foul on Joel Embiid 0:26
Team Stats
Points 105 98
Field Goals 35-83 (42.2%) 38-94 (40.4%)
3-Pointers 10-29 (34.5%) 4-15 (26.7%)
Free Throws 25-30 (83.3%) 18-28 (64.3%)
Total Rebounds 58 61
Offensive 12 18
Defensive 36 27
Team 10 16
Assists 21 18
Steals 7 7
Blocks 7 5
Turnovers 15 10
Fouls 22 22
Technicals 0 1
25 PTS, 16 REB, 3 AST
31 PTS, 22 REB, 1 AST
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away team logo 76ers 15-18 21292926105
home team logo Knicks 17-16 2424272398
Team Stats
away team logo 76ers 15-18 114.3 PPG 47.4 RPG 26.5 APG
home team logo Knicks 17-16 108.5 PPG 45.5 RPG 19.9 APG
Key Players
J. Embiid C 26.9 PPG 13.4 RPG 3.6 APG 47.6 FG%
E. Kanter C 15.2 PPG 11.5 RPG 2.0 APG 55.9 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Embiid C 25 PTS 16 REB 3 AST
E. Kanter C 31 PTS 22 REB 1 AST
42.2 FG% 40.4
34.5 3PT FG% 26.7
83.3 FT% 64.3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Embiid 34 25 16 3 0 3 6 3 8/17 2/3 7/8 3 13 44 +25
J. Redick 27 24 6 2 2 0 2 2 6/10 4/8 8/8 1 5 34 +25
D. Saric 33 10 3 3 0 0 2 3 4/15 0/6 2/2 3 0 17 -4
R. Covington 30 8 3 3 1 1 1 3 2/8 1/4 3/4 0 3 18 -4
B. Simmons 32 8 8 3 1 1 2 3 4/8 0/0 0/2 1 7 22 -4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Embiid 34 25 16 3 0 3 6 3 8/17 2/3 7/8 3 13 44 +25
J. Redick 27 24 6 2 2 0 2 2 6/10 4/8 8/8 1 5 34 +25
D. Saric 33 10 3 3 0 0 2 3 4/15 0/6 2/2 3 0 17 -4
R. Covington 30 8 3 3 1 1 1 3 2/8 1/4 3/4 0 3 18 -4
B. Simmons 32 8 8 3 1 1 2 3 4/8 0/0 0/2 1 7 22 -4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. McConnell 29 15 5 4 2 0 1 0 6/11 2/4 1/1 1 4 29 +2
J. Bayless 24 8 2 2 0 1 0 5 2/6 1/4 3/4 0 2 15 +2
A. Johnson 13 4 0 1 1 1 0 3 2/3 0/0 0/0 0 0 8 -18
T. Booker 14 3 5 0 0 0 1 0 1/5 0/0 1/1 3 2 7 +11
J. Pullen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Holmes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. McAdoo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Korkmaz - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Luwawu-Cabarrot - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Fultz - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 105 48 21 7 7 15 22 35/83 10/29 25/30 12 36 194 +35
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
E. Kanter 35 31 22 1 0 0 2 3 12/21 0/0 7/8 11 11 53 +3
K. Porzingis 34 22 7 0 0 5 1 1 6/19 1/2 9/14 5 2 33 +3
C. Lee 34 20 3 2 2 0 1 3 8/13 2/4 2/2 2 1 28 +6
L. Thomas 24 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 1 3 +10
J. Jack 21 0 2 7 2 0 3 4 0/5 0/1 0/0 0 2 15 +5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
E. Kanter 35 31 22 1 0 0 2 3 12/21 0/0 7/8 11 11 53 +3
K. Porzingis 34 22 7 0 0 5 1 1 6/19 1/2 9/14 5 2 33 +3
C. Lee 34 20 3 2 2 0 1 3 8/13 2/4 2/2 2 1 28 +6
L. Thomas 24 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 1 3 +10
J. Jack 21 0 2 7 2 0 3 4 0/5 0/1 0/0 0 2 15 +5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Beasley 22 10 5 1 1 0 2 2 5/12 0/2 0/2 0 5 16 -10
D. McDermott 15 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 2/6 1/2 0/0 0 0 5 -17
K. O'Quinn 11 4 3 1 1 0 0 1 2/4 0/0 0/2 0 3 10 -10
F. Ntilikina 26 4 2 3 0 0 1 4 2/8 0/2 0/0 0 2 11 -12
R. Baker 13 0 0 3 1 0 0 1 0/4 0/1 0/0 0 0 7 -13
J. Noah - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Sessions - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Hardaway Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Hicks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Kornet - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Hernangomez - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Dotson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 98 45 18 7 5 10 22 38/94 4/15 18/28 18 27 181 -35