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Dario Saric scores 27 points to help 76ers beat Suns

PHOENIX (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers might now be learning how to win after blowing a big lead, having done it in back-to-back games.

Dario Saric tied a season high with 27 points and the Sixers beat the Phoenix Suns 123-110 on Sunday night after blowing an 18-point lead in one quarter.

''It's on our back all of the time that we can't win at the end of a game,'' Saric said. ''The last two games we showed up in the fourth quarter how we need to play. How we are tough at the end of the game.''

Joel Embiid added 22 points and nine rebounds, and Ben Simmons had 11 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter to help Philadelphia win for third time in four games.

Embiid returned after he sat out Saturday's game at Denver to rest his back. He hurt his right hand going for an inbounds pass late in the game, but stayed in until 41 seconds remained. He had X-rays after the game and was told he might have a sprain.

Devin Booker scored 28 of his 32 points in the second half for the Suns, and T.J. Warren had 28.

''If you weren't coaching against him he's somebody you would pay to go see,'' Sixers coach Brett Brown said of Booker.

The Sixers came close to dropping their seventh game this season in which they have led by 11 points or more. But J.J. Redick made a 3-pointer with 1:31 to play for an insurmountable 119-108 lead. Redick had 22 points.

Philadelphia led by 11 at Denver in the fourth quarter on Saturday and had to hang on for a five-point win.

''We're getting better at closing out games and knowing what we need to do,'' Simmons said. ''I just know he (Brown) needs me to be more aggressive so I just try to take it in my own hands.''

Phoenix trailed 73-55 with 9:20 left in the third quarter and went on a 32-11 run to take the lead before the quarter ended.

Booker scored 16 of his points in the third as the Suns fought back with energy on both ends. Philadelphia took a 92-89 lead into the fourth quarter after Phoenix took a three-point lead, its largest of the game.

The Suns couldn't retake the lead throughout the entire fourth quarter, however, as the Sixers pulled away.

''We are in a lot more games than we used to be and we are winning some games,'' Booker said. ''We are moving in the right direction for sure.''

Warren made all four of his shots and scored 11 points in the first quarter. The Suns trailed by as many as 12 in the first 12 minutes, and 38-32 when it ended thanks to a 29-foot bank shot by Redick with a second to go.

Redick scored 10 of his points in the first quarter. Simmons added nine rebounds and six assists for the 76ers.

The Sixers hit their first four shots of the second quarter and took a 51-35 lead on a basket and free throw by Embiid with 8:14 to play. The Suns went three minutes of the quarter without a point and Philadelphia took a 63-49 lead into halftime after going up by 18.

Phoenix made only 6 of 21 second-quarter shots.

''I credit our guys for getting back in it, but sometimes you use up all that energy,'' Suns coach Jay Triano said.

RAISING THE ROOF

The Suns brought back a celebratory gesture from recent years when Marquese Chriss followed Booker's miss with a two-handed dunk with 4:39 left in the third. Players on the bench pumped both arms in the air, the jam cutting the Sixers' lead to two at 82-80.

A PHILLY CHEER

Sixers fans sitting at midcourt began a cheer as the final seconds ticked off, chanting ''Trust the process'' with a hand clap in unison.

TIP-INS

Sixers: Won consecutive games for the first time since Nov. 20-25.

Suns: The Suns' 40 points in the third quarter was the second time they scored 40 or more in a quarter this season. ... F Jared Dudley saw action for the first time since Dec. 20, a stretch of four games.

UP NEXT

Sixers: Host San Antonio on Wednesday night.

Suns: Host Atlanta on Tuesday night.

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Key Players
J. Embiid
21 C
D. Booker
1 SG
34.0 Min. Per Game 34.0
24.7 Pts. Per Game 24.7
4.1 Ast. Per Game 4.1
4.5 Reb. Per Game 4.5
48.6 Field Goal % 44.4
48.0 Three Point % 44.9
80.0 Free Throw % 87.0
  Defensive rebound by Ben Simmons 0:06
  T.J. Warren missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:06
  Defensive rebound by Tyson Chandler 0:15
  Robert Covington missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:17
  Bad pass turnover on Dragan Bender, stolen by T.J. McConnell 0:35
+ 1 JJ Redick made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:41
+ 1 JJ Redick made 1st of 2 free throws 0:41
  Personal foul on T.J. Warren 0:41
  Offensive rebound by Joel Embiid 0:48
  Ben Simmons missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:52
+ 1 Ben Simmons made 1st of 2 free throws 0:52
Team Stats
Points 123 110
Field Goals 43-77 (55.8%) 37-88 (42.0%)
3-Pointers 10-24 (41.7%) 10-27 (37.0%)
Free Throws 27-34 (79.4%) 26-34 (76.5%)
Total Rebounds 54 46
Offensive 11 12
Defensive 33 23
Team 10 11
Assists 24 18
Steals 11 9
Blocks 7 4
Turnovers 21 16
Fouls 32 29
Technicals 0 1
21 PTS, 9 REB, 6 AST
32 PTS, 5 REB, 6 AST
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away team logo 76ers 17-19 38252931123
home team logo Suns 14-24 32174021110
Team Stats
away team logo 76ers 17-19 108.8 PPG 49.5 RPG 25.8 APG
home team logo Suns 14-24 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
D. Saric PF 14.6 PPG 6.7 RPG 2.6 APG 45.3 FG%
D. Booker SG 24.9 PPG 4.5 RPG 4.7 APG 43.2 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Saric PF 27 PTS 4 REB 2 AST
D. Booker SG 32 PTS 5 REB 6 AST
55.8 FG% 42.0
41.7 3PT FG% 37.0
79.4 FT% 76.5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Saric 30 27 4 2 3 1 4 3 9/13 4/5 5/5 2 2 35 +14
J. Redick 28 22 1 3 0 0 0 5 6/13 3/8 7/8 0 1 29 +23
J. Embiid 31 22 9 5 1 2 7 5 8/14 0/3 6/8 1 8 37 +32
B. Simmons 32 21 9 6 3 3 5 5 7/11 0/0 7/11 0 9 43 +9
R. Covington 23 10 5 0 1 0 1 4 4/10 2/5 0/0 1 4 15 +11
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Saric 30 27 4 2 3 1 4 3 9/13 4/5 5/5 2 2 35 +14
J. Redick 28 22 1 3 0 0 0 5 6/13 3/8 7/8 0 1 29 +23
J. Embiid 31 22 9 5 1 2 7 5 8/14 0/3 6/8 1 8 37 +32
B. Simmons 32 21 9 6 3 3 5 5 7/11 0/0 7/11 0 9 43 +9
R. Covington 23 10 5 0 1 0 1 4 4/10 2/5 0/0 1 4 15 +11
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. McConnell 27 8 5 1 2 0 2 0 4/5 0/0 0/0 1 4 15 -2
J. Bayless 25 7 2 2 0 1 1 4 3/7 1/2 0/0 1 1 13 -10
T. Booker 15 2 1 1 1 0 0 2 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 0 6 +1
T. Luwawu-Cabarrot 10 2 2 1 0 0 1 2 0/1 0/1 2/2 1 1 5 +6
A. Johnson 16 2 6 3 0 0 0 2 1/2 0/0 0/0 3 3 14 -19
J. Pullen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Holmes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. McAdoo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Korkmaz - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Fultz - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 237 123 44 24 11 7 21 32 43/77 10/24 27/34 11 33 212 +65
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Booker 39 32 5 6 0 0 6 4 8/22 5/10 11/12 0 5 43 -1
T. Warren 32 28 3 1 1 0 3 2 11/20 0/2 6/8 0 3 31 -5
M. Chriss 20 12 7 2 1 2 4 6 4/6 2/3 2/3 1 6 22 +1
T. Chandler 30 10 11 0 0 1 1 4 5/8 0/0 0/2 6 5 21 -13
T. Ulis 22 2 2 6 4 0 0 3 1/6 0/1 0/0 1 1 20 +4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Booker 39 32 5 6 0 0 6 4 8/22 5/10 11/12 0 5 43 -1
T. Warren 32 28 3 1 1 0 3 2 11/20 0/2 6/8 0 3 31 -5
M. Chriss 20 12 7 2 1 2 4 6 4/6 2/3 2/3 1 6 22 +1
T. Chandler 30 10 11 0 0 1 1 4 5/8 0/0 0/2 6 5 21 -13
T. Ulis 22 2 2 6 4 0 0 3 1/6 0/1 0/0 1 1 20 +4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
I. Canaan 17 9 1 1 1 0 1 2 4/6 1/2 0/0 0 1 12 -8
J. Jackson 11 6 2 0 1 0 0 1 2/10 0/2 2/3 2 0 9 -7
T. Daniels 20 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 1/6 1/6 2/2 1 0 6 -22
A. Len 17 3 3 0 0 1 0 3 0/1 0/0 3/4 1 2 7 0
D. Bender 21 3 0 2 0 0 1 2 1/3 1/1 0/0 0 0 6 -18
J. Dudley 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 1 +4
G. Monroe - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Knight - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Reed - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Peters - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. House - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 110 35 18 9 4 16 29 37/88 10/27 26/34 12 23 178 -65