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Joel Embiid has 42 points, 18 rebounds in 76ers' OT win

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Joel Embiid repeatedly stepped to the free throw line with one thought in mind during critical moments of the Philadelphia 76ers' overtime victory against the Charlotte Hornets.

''Got to make them,'' Embiid said. ''They call me `clutch' for a reason, so got to make them.''

Embiid was 14 for 16 from the line between the fourth quarter and overtime to help ice the 76ers' 133-132 victory Friday night. He had 42 points and 18 rebounds.

The Hornets fought back from a 21-point deficit and led by five with 1:18 remaining in regulation before the Sixers forced extra time. Kemba Walker scored 19 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter for the Hornets.

Embiid challenged the Hornets' defense as they attempted a comeback victory and focused on drawing contact. Hornets starting center Cody Zeller fouled out in regulation after committing five fouls in the fourth.

''It's tough keeping him off the free throw line just because he is so physical,'' Zeller said. ''He can shoot it from three, play off the dribble, he's obviously a wide body in the post, so those are the toughest guys to defend that can play kind of play at every spot on the court.''

Embiid thrives on getting to the line where he is shooting 81.8 percent, up from 76.9 percent last season. He has earned the confidence of the Sixers to aggressively seek out shots there.

''He's a really good shooter anyways and he's confident by nature, so that's a pretty good collision of skill and mind,'' 76ers coach Brett Brown said. ''You trust him going to the line and shooting a high percentage. He's not afraid of the moment.''

Embiid's execution down the stretch left the Hornets searching for answers on defense.

''I thought our bigs were great,'' Hornets coach James Borrego said. ''They battled him. I thought they were fantastic defensively. They tried to beat him to spots. I don't know what to tell them when Embiid shoots 16 free throws in the fourth quarter and overtime, I don't know what to say to them.''

To Embiid, the abundance of free throw attempts were all in a day's work.

''That's my job,'' he said. ''I've got to step up when there's an opportunity.''

The Sixers improved to 7-0 at the Wells Fargo Center, the most home wins to start the season since 2002-03.

MISSED OPPORTUNITY

The Hornets committed a shot-clock violation with time winding down in regulation, missing an opportunity.

''I didn't lose track of time,'' Walker said. ''I just wanted to get the last shot. I wish I had got a better shot, but yeah, I just wanted to get something off. I wanted the last shot, that was really it.''

TIP-INS

76ers: Ben Simmons had 22 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds for the 76ers ... Rookie Jonah Bolden was recalled from the Delaware Blue Coats of the G League. He scored eight points in a career-high 11 minutes. Bolden had not appeared in a game for the 76ers since Oct. 30.

Hornets: Dwayne Bacon scored 15 points in only his fifth game of the season ... Walker got off to a slow start, shooting 2 for 15 from the field through three quarters.

UP NEXT

76ers: At Memphis on Saturday night.

Hornets: At the Detroit on Sunday.

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Key Players
K. Walker
15 PG
J. Embiid
21 C
34.3 Min. Per Game 34.3
27.7 Pts. Per Game 27.7
3.4 Ast. Per Game 3.4
12.4 Reb. Per Game 12.4
45.3 Field Goal % 49.4
45.6 Three Point % 48.5
85.7 Free Throw % 81.8
+ 3 Willy Hernangomez made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kemba Walker 0:01
+ 1 Joel Embiid made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:06
  Joel Embiid missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:06
  Personal foul on Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 0:06
  Defensive rebound by Joel Embiid 0:08
  Miles Bridges missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:10
  Offensive rebound by Malik Monk 0:12
  Kemba Walker missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Ben Simmons 0:17
  Defensive rebound by Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 0:20
  Ben Simmons missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:20
+ 1 Ben Simmons made 1st of 2 free throws 0:20
Team Stats
Points 132 133
Field Goals 43-110 (39.1%) 45-93 (48.4%)
3-Pointers 16-40 (40.0%) 12-37 (32.4%)
Free Throws 30-40 (75.0%) 31-41 (75.6%)
Total Rebounds 64 71
Offensive 14 12
Defensive 35 46
Team 15 13
Assists 25 33
Steals 10 3
Blocks 5 15
Turnovers 4 16
Fouls 33 33
Technicals 1 2
30 PTS, 7 REB, 9 AST
42 PTS, 18 REB, 4 AST
1234OTT
away team logo Hornets 6-6 3317353413132
home team logo 76ers 8-5 3332312314133
Team Stats
away team logo Hornets 6-6 114.9 PPG 45 RPG 24.8 APG
home team logo 76ers 8-5 112.9 PPG 48.6 RPG 26.2 APG
Key Players
K. Walker PG 28.7 PPG 4.5 RPG 6.1 APG 45.8 FG%
J. Embiid C 27.7 PPG 12.9 RPG 3.8 APG 45.9 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Walker PG 30 PTS 7 REB 9 AST
J. Embiid C 42 PTS 18 REB 4 AST
39.1 FG% 48.4
40.0 3PT FG% 32.4
75.0 FT% 75.6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Walker 40 30 7 9 1 0 0 1 9/29 3/14 9/10 0 7 56 -1
J. Lamb 24 17 3 1 2 1 1 1 6/12 3/4 2/2 0 3 24 +5
C. Zeller 24 14 4 0 2 0 0 6 5/8 0/0 4/6 1 3 20 +3
N. Batum 16 5 2 2 2 0 1 0 2/4 1/1 0/0 0 2 12 -9
M. Williams 14 3 1 1 1 0 0 2 1/3 1/2 0/0 0 1 7 -15
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Walker 40 30 7 9 1 0 0 1 9/29 3/14 9/10 0 7 56 -1
J. Lamb 24 17 3 1 2 1 1 1 6/12 3/4 2/2 0 3 24 +5
C. Zeller 24 14 4 0 2 0 0 6 5/8 0/0 4/6 1 3 20 +3
N. Batum 16 5 2 2 2 0 1 0 2/4 1/1 0/0 0 2 12 -9
M. Williams 14 3 1 1 1 0 0 2 1/3 1/2 0/0 0 1 7 -15
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Bacon 22 15 1 1 1 0 0 6 5/7 2/3 3/4 1 0 19 +10
W. Hernangomez 20 14 4 1 0 2 1 5 4/9 3/3 3/6 3 1 21 +7
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 26 12 12 2 0 0 0 4 3/8 0/0 6/7 4 8 28 +5
M. Monk 27 12 3 4 0 0 0 1 4/19 2/10 2/3 2 1 23 +1
M. Bridges 28 5 9 1 0 2 0 3 2/6 1/2 0/0 2 7 18 +6
T. Parker 13 4 2 2 1 0 0 0 2/5 0/1 0/0 0 2 11 -6
B. Biyombo 4 1 1 1 0 0 1 4 0/0 0/0 1/2 1 0 3 -11
F. Kaminsky - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Chealey - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Graham - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Macura - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 258 132 49 25 10 5 4 33 43/110 16/40 30/40 14 35 242 -5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Embiid 39 42 18 4 0 4 3 4 11/18 1/2 19/22 2 16 69 +9
B. Simmons 41 22 8 13 2 3 3 4 9/15 0/0 4/6 2 6 58 -2
D. Saric 40 18 9 2 0 1 5 4 6/13 4/8 2/2 3 6 27 -3
R. Covington 30 7 3 1 0 4 0 5 2/8 1/7 2/2 1 2 16 -9
M. Fultz 23 7 5 4 0 0 2 5 2/5 0/0 3/6 2 3 18 +2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Embiid 39 42 18 4 0 4 3 4 11/18 1/2 19/22 2 16 69 +9
B. Simmons 41 22 8 13 2 3 3 4 9/15 0/0 4/6 2 6 58 -2
D. Saric 40 18 9 2 0 1 5 4 6/13 4/8 2/2 3 6 27 -3
R. Covington 30 7 3 1 0 4 0 5 2/8 1/7 2/2 1 2 16 -9
M. Fultz 23 7 5 4 0 0 2 5 2/5 0/0 3/6 2 3 18 +2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Redick 36 17 2 4 0 0 1 1 7/16 2/9 1/1 0 2 26 +8
W. Chandler 15 8 5 1 0 1 1 1 3/4 2/3 0/2 1 4 15 +5
J. Bolden 10 5 4 1 0 0 1 4 2/4 1/3 0/0 0 4 10 +6
A. Johnson 5 4 2 1 0 1 0 1 2/3 0/0 0/0 1 1 9 -10
L. Shamet 18 3 0 1 1 1 0 3 1/6 1/5 0/0 0 0 7 +1
T. McConnell 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 4 -2
J. Bayless - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Muscala - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Milton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Korkmaz - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 260 133 58 33 3 15 16 33 45/93 12/37 31/41 12 46 259 +5