76ers 117, Thunder 93
Joel Embiid had 27 points and nine rebounds and Philadelphia beat Oklahoma City on Saturday night to pull even with Brooklyn for the Eastern Conference lead.
On Friday night in a loss at New Orleans, Embiid went just 5 for 16 from the floor and scored 14 points. He was 10 for 17 in three quarters of work against the Thunder and had four blocks.
Even with the off night against New Orleans and the 10 games he missed with a bone bruise in his left knee, Embiid still feels he should be at the top of the league MVP race.
"When it comes to the MVP stuff, I feel like I'm still right there," he said. "When I'm on the floor, I feel like I've been the best all season, just doing my thing, just dominating with the help of my teammates and the coaches putting me in the right positions to succeed."
Furkan Korkmaz added a season-high 20 points and a career-high five steals for the 76ers. They didn't like the way they played against the Pelicans but felt better after Saturday's effort.
"We responded good," forward Mike Scott said. "The great thing about the NBA —- there's a lot of games — back-to-back, quick turnarounds. You learn from your mistakes and you keep moving. No matter the team and no matter the record, it's always great to come in and get a win, especially on the road."
Darius Bazley had 17 points and nine rebounds in his first action since missing 15 games with a shoulder bruise.
"We're happy he's back," Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said. "We're happy he looks like he's in pretty good shape, body looks good. Just keep building from here. This is an important 20 games for him."
Thunder guard Lu Dort scored 15 points in his first action since missing seven games while in concussion protocol. Tony Bradley added 16 points and 14 rebounds for Oklahoma City, which has lost six straight.
The 76ers led 66-53 at halftime. Embiid made just one of his first four shots, but he went 6-for-6 the rest of the first half and finished it with 21 points. The 76ers led despite making just 5 of 21 3-pointers before the break. The 76ers led 90-76 heading into the fourth quarter.
Embiid has made just 1-fof-14 3-pointers in his last four games and missed both of his tries from deep against the Thunder. His mid-range shot has been off, too.
"You've got to keep shooting them," he said. "Miss or make, you've got to keep taking them. Obviously, they haven't been going in. A lot of it has to do with the brace and getting back to myself. It just feels like every shot that I take, I just have a hitch in it. Like it's not a full motion. It's not as smooth as it was, even on the makes."
Raptors 135, Cavaliers 115
Gary Trent Jr. scored a career-high 44 points and severely short-handed Toronto scored a franchise-record 87 first-half points to rout Cleveland.
Trent made 17 of 19 field goals, including shooting 7 of 9 from 3-point range, and went 3 of 3 from the foul line in 33 minutes. He was acquired from Portland with Rodney Hood on March 25 for Norman Powell.
The Raptors, were without their top three scorers in Pascal Siakam (rest), Fred VanVleet (left hip flexor strain) and Kyle Lowry (right foot infection).
Collin Sexton scored 29 points for Cleveland.
Jazz 128, Kings 112
Donovan Mitchell scored 14 of his season-high 42 points in the fourth quarter and Utah beat Sacramento, extending its franchise-record home winning streak to 24 games.
Mitchell had his 18th 30-point game this season, powering the NBA-leading Jazz's 19-4 run in the fourth quarter. Mitchell has scored 41, 37 and 42 points in his last three games. Mike Conley had 26 points, and Joe Ingles added 20.
De'Aaron Fox scored 30 points for the Kings, and Richaun Holmes had 25. They have lost six in a row.
Suns 134, Wizards 106
Devin Booker scored 27 points and Phoenix used a 44-point third quarter to rout Washington.
Deandre Ayton had 14 points and 10 rebounds, Chris Paul added 13 points and 10 assists and Phoenix had only three turnovers to tie the franchise record. The Suns have won 17 of their last 21 games and are 37-15 overall.
Raul Neto had a career-high 24 points for the Wizards, and Russell Westbrook added his NBA-leading 22nd triple-double with 17 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds. They played without NBA scoring leader Bradley Beal because of back tightness.
Trail Blazers 118, Pistons 103
Enes Kanter had 24 points and a franchise-record 30 rebounds to help Portland beat Detroit.
Kanter bested Sidney Wicks' Portland record of 27 rebounds set in 1975. Kanter also surpassed his own career high of 26 set with the Knicks in 2018.
Damian Lillard had 27 points and 10 assists and CJ McCollum added 26 points for the Trail Blazers. Josh Jackson had 21 points for the Pistons.
Warriors 125, Rockets 109
Stephen Curry scored 23 of his 38 points in the third quarter and Golden State beat Houston.
Curry had his sixth straight 30-point game, the longest streak of his career. The two-time MVP made eight 3-pointers and had five assists and eight rebounds.
Andrew Wiggins added 25 points for Golden State. Jordan Poole had 21.
John Wall had 30 points and seven assists for Houston. Kelly Olynyk added 18 points and 11 rebounds. The Rockets have lost nine of 11.
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