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Embiid has 21 points, 17 rebounds, leads 76ers past Kings

PHILADELPHIA (AP) A little rest and a taste of spring did a lot for Jimmy Butler.

Butler had 22 points, six rebounds and seven assists while playing with the type of assertiveness coach Brett Brown says the 76ers need from him in Philadelphia's 123-114 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.

Joel Embiid added 21 points and 17 rebounds and made some big plays on both ends of the court late in the fourth quarter for the 76ers, who won their third in a row to pull even with idle Indiana for the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia holds the tiebreaker with the Pacers and is trying to maintain hold of home court in a first-round playoff series, something Brown said he coveted before the contest. Fifth-seeded Boston is two games behind the 76ers and Pacers.

In order to secure home court and go deep in the playoffs, Brown knows he'll need Butler to play the way he did against the Kings.

''He was our bell ringer,'' Brown said. ''We will not be as good as we can be without him playing the way he played tonight.''

Butler rested in Philadelphia's last game, a 106-99 victory over Cleveland on Tuesday. And he felt even more refreshed by Friday's weather in Philly, which reached 75 degrees.

''That's all it takes,'' Butler said. ''Rest and good weather. It makes my knees not ache.''

And it's only going to warm up as the postseason draws near, a great sign for 76ers fans.

''The snow is gone,'' Butler said. ''We're good. We're ready to rock.''

Tobias Harris and JJ Redick each added 19 points and Ben Simmons contributed 18 for the 76ers.

Harrison Barnes and De'Aaron Fox had 16 points apiece for Sacramento, which lost its third in a row and seventh in the last nine to further hurt its playoff push. The Kings, who last made the postseason in 2006, entered ninth in the West, five games behind the Clippers.

''We're playing hard, we're playing the right way, we're playing together,'' Kings coach Dave Joerger said. ''The wins are going to come.''

And how?

''Don't play Golden State, Oklahoma City, Denver, Philly, Boston . I can go on,'' Joerger joked.

With Philadelphia clinging to a four-point lead with 3 minutes remaining, Embiid blocked Willie Cauley-Stein's layup attempt. Two possessions later, Embiid rejected Barnes' close-range try before hitting a short jumper of his own to make it 121-114 with 1:45 remaining.

''At the end of the day, I think Joel Embiid made two defensive plays that were terrific,'' Joerger said.

The Kings were playing one night after a 126-120 loss at Boston, a game in which they had a 17-point first-half lead.

Against Philadelphia, Sacramento played from behind from the outset. Philadelphia increased its 62-58 halftime advantage to as many as 13 in the third quarter on Redick's 3 that made it 93-80 with 2:13 left in the period.

The 76ers had a 10-point advantage to start the fourth, but Yogi Ferrell's 3 capped a 9-2 Kings run to start the period that pulled Sacramento within 101-98 with 9:25 to play. But Simmons scored consecutive buckets from close range to increase the lead to seven and Sacramento never would get closer than three the rest of the way.

BIG TEST

Brown is looking forward to Sunday's showdown at East-leading Milwaukee.

''I can't wait,'' he said. ''It's a reality check. It's an opportunity to see where we're at.''

BREWER BACK

Kings F Corey Brewer received a nice ovation upon his first-half entrance. Brewer memorably helped the 76ers defeat Houston 121-93 on Jan. 21 with some in-your-face defense on Rockets star James Harden before being signed by Sacramento.

''It was great,'' he said of the reception. ''I had a great time when I was here. The fans are amazing, it's a great city, and great organization.''

Brewer finished with eight points.

TIP-INS

Kings: The Kings dropped to 13-21 on the road and 3-8 on the second contest of a back-to-back. . Marvin Bagley III had 15 points in his second game back after missing five due to a knee injury. . The Kings ended a four-game eastern road trip 1-3.

76ers: Newly signed Eagles WR DeSean Jackson rang the ceremonial Liberty Bell in the pregame and sat courtside. . Philadelphia ended a three-game losing streak to the Kings, who beat the 76ers 115-108 in Sacramento on Feb. 2 after sweeping both games last season. . Philadelphia improved to 28-9 at home.

UP NEXT

Kings: Host Chicago on Sunday.

76ers: At Milwaukee on Sunday.

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Key Players
B. Hield
24 SG
J. Embiid
21 C
33.6 Min. Per Game 33.6
27.2 Pts. Per Game 27.2
3.4 Ast. Per Game 3.4
13.6 Reb. Per Game 13.6
46.2 Field Goal % 48.1
46.3 Three Point % 48.0
87.6 Free Throw % 81.0
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:15
  Bogdan Bogdanovic missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:41
+ 2 Jimmy Butler made jump shot, assist by Tobias Harris 0:50
  Defensive rebound by Joel Embiid 1:08
  Defensive rebound by James Ennis III 1:34
  De'Aaron Fox missed jump shot 1:36
+ 2 Joel Embiid made jump shot 1:45
  Bad pass turnover on Harrison Barnes, stolen by Joel Embiid 2:03
+ 3 JJ Redick made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Joel Embiid 2:49
  Willie Cauley-Stein missed layup, blocked by Joel Embiid 3:00
  Traveling violation turnover on Jimmy Butler 3:21
Team Stats
Points 114 123
Field Goals 43-94 (45.7%) 46-91 (50.5%)
3-Pointers 9-27 (33.3%) 7-24 (29.2%)
Free Throws 19-24 (79.2%) 24-27 (88.9%)
Total Rebounds 50 54
Offensive 10 10
Defensive 30 39
Team 10 5
Assists 23 28
Steals 4 7
Blocks 2 6
Turnovers 8 10
Fouls 22 18
Technicals 0 0
16 PTS, 2 REB, 6 AST
21 PTS, 17 REB, 3 AST
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away team logo Kings 33-35 29293125114
home team logo 76ers 44-25 33293724123
Team Stats
away team logo Kings 33-35 PPG RPG APG
home team logo 76ers 44-25 122.5 PPG 52 RPG 25.0 APG
Key Players
D. Fox PG PPG RPG APG FG%
J. Butler SG 17.5 PPG 4.8 RPG 4.5 APG 47.1 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Fox PG 16 PTS 2 REB 6 AST
J. Butler SG 22 PTS 6 REB 7 AST
45.7 FG% 50.5
33.3 3PT FG% 29.2
79.2 FT% 88.9
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
H. Barnes 16 6 3 6/11 4/6 0/2 2 32 0 0 1 0 6 -20 27
D. Fox 16 2 6 4/9 1/1 7/8 2 28 0 1 3 0 2 -22 28
B. Hield 14 5 0 4/14 2/8 4/4 2 30 1 0 0 1 4 -20 20
W. Cauley-Stein 13 7 2 6/7 0/0 1/2 3 29 0 0 0 1 6 -21 24
N. Bjelica 4 6 1 2/11 0/2 0/0 4 18 0 0 2 4 2 -7 10
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
H. Barnes 16 6 3 6/11 4/6 0/2 2 32 0 0 1 0 6 -20 27
D. Fox 16 2 6 4/9 1/1 7/8 2 28 0 1 3 0 2 -22 28
B. Hield 14 5 0 4/14 2/8 4/4 2 30 1 0 0 1 4 -20 20
W. Cauley-Stein 13 7 2 6/7 0/0 1/2 3 29 0 0 0 1 6 -21 24
N. Bjelica 4 6 1 2/11 0/2 0/0 4 18 0 0 2 4 2 -7 10
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
M. Bagley III 15 4 1 5/9 0/1 5/6 0 20 1 0 0 0 4 -2 22
H. Giles 12 4 4 6/9 0/0 0/0 3 18 1 0 1 3 1 +12 24
B. Bogdanovic 9 1 2 4/14 1/5 0/0 1 26 1 1 0 0 1 +11 16
C. Brewer 8 3 2 3/5 0/1 2/2 3 15 0 0 0 1 2 +11 15
Y. Ferrell 7 2 2 3/5 1/3 0/0 2 19 0 0 1 0 2 +13 12
K. Koufos - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Burks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Mason III - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Swanigan - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Gabriel - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 114 40 23 43/94 9/27 19/24 22 235 4 2 8 10 30 -45 198
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Butler 22 6 7 8/14 0/1 6/7 2 35 2 1 3 1 5 +20 42
J. Embiid 21 17 3 9/19 0/3 3/4 2 35 1 4 4 2 15 -2 45
J. Redick 19 1 4 6/12 4/9 3/3 2 31 0 0 2 0 1 -7 26
T. Harris 19 7 4 7/16 1/5 4/4 1 34 1 1 1 1 6 +19 35
B. Simmons 18 2 5 8/12 0/0 2/2 2 35 1 0 0 1 1 -4 31
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Butler 22 6 7 8/14 0/1 6/7 2 35 2 1 3 1 5 +20 42
J. Embiid 21 17 3 9/19 0/3 3/4 2 35 1 4 4 2 15 -2 45
J. Redick 19 1 4 6/12 4/9 3/3 2 31 0 0 2 0 1 -7 26
T. Harris 19 7 4 7/16 1/5 4/4 1 34 1 1 1 1 6 +19 35
B. Simmons 18 2 5 8/12 0/0 2/2 2 35 1 0 0 1 1 -4 31
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Marjanovic 12 7 2 4/7 0/0 4/5 0 12 0 0 0 2 5 +11 23
M. Scott 6 4 0 2/4 2/4 0/0 4 23 1 0 0 1 3 +2 11
T. McConnell 4 2 2 2/4 0/0 0/0 1 12 1 0 0 0 2 +13 11
J. Ennis III 2 3 1 0/3 0/2 2/2 4 19 0 0 0 2 1 -7 7
J. Bolden - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Simmons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Milton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Korkmaz - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Patton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Highsmith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 123 49 28 46/91 7/24 24/27 18 236 7 6 10 10 39 +45 231