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Embiid’s 59 points set NBA season-high as 76ers beat Jazz

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PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid posted a career-high 59 points and added 11 rebounds, eight assists and seven blocked shots in a historically dominant performance and led the Philadelphia 76ers to a 105-98 win over the Utah Jazz on Sunday night.

Embiid’s 59 points broke the NBA season high for a game set earlier in the night by Cleveland guard Darius Garland, who had 51 in the Cavaliers’ loss to the Timberwolves.

Embiid scored 26 of Philadelphia’s 27 points in the fourth quarter and became the first player in NBA history with 50 points, 10 boards, five rebounds, five assists and five blocks in a game since blocks became an official statistic in 1973-74.

“I’ve never seen a more dominating performance when you combine defense and offense,” said coach Doc Rivers.

Malik Beasley scored 18 points for the Jazz.

WOODWOLVES 129, CAVALIERS 124

CLEVELAND — All-star point guard Darius Garland scored 51 points in Cleveland’s loss to Minnesota.

Garland had 27 of his career-best total points in the fourth quarter for the Cavaliers — and made six of his career-best 10 3-pointers.

D’Angelo Russell had personal season bests of 30 points and 12 assists and Karl-Anthony Towns had 29 points to help the Timberwolves thwart Garland’s attack.

Garland’s 51-point tally was briefly the NBA’s high for the season. Joel Embiid later in the night finished with 59 points for the Philadelphia 76ers.

NEW YORK — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 37 points, Josh Giddey had a triple-double and Oklahoma City shot a season-high 62.5% off the field in a win over New York.

Giddey had 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds for the Thunder, who picked up their fifth straight win at Madison Square Garden. Giddey joined Wilt Chamberlain (1968) as the only other player in NBA history to record triple-doubles in his first two games with MSG.

Lu Dort had 24 points for Oklahoma City and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl added 17.

WIZARDS 102, GRIZZLIES 92

WASHINGTON — Kristaps Porzingis scored 25 points and Deni Avdija added 21 to lead Washington to a win over Memphis.

The Wizards won back-to-back weekends against Utah and Memphis, two of the top teams in the Western Conference earlier this season. Washington did so without Bradley Beal, who is still getting back into shape after going through health and safety protocols.

Memphis were also missing key players, with Ja Morant unavailable with left ankle pain and Desmond Bane unavailable with right toe pain. Dillon Brooks scored 19 points for the Grizzlies. Steven Adams contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds.

CHICAGO — Michael Porter Jr. posted a season-high 31 points and Nikola Jokic had 14 assists as Denver drove past Chicago.

Porter made 11 of 16 shots, including six from 3-point range, as the Nuggets won for the fifth time in their last six games.

Zach LaVine scored 21 points to lead the Bulls, who lost four of five.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Domantas Sabonis set personal bests of the season with 26 points and 22 rebounds to lead Sacramento over Golden State.

De’Aaron Fox scored 11 of his 22 points for the Kings in the fourth quarter. They have won six of their last eight after starting 0-4.

Sabonis also had eight assists.

Stephen Curry scored 27 points for the Warriors.

LOS ANGELES — Anthony Davis had a season-high 37 points and 18 rebounds as Los Angeles beat Brooklyn to go on a five-game losing streak.

Davis snagged 10 offensive rebounds for a career-high in a regular-season game while the Lakers consistently led.

Lonnie Walker IV added 25 points for Los Angeles, who missed LeBron James for the second straight game due to a left adductor strain.

Kevin Durant led the Nets with 31 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Cam Thomas came off the bench and scored 15 points and Edmond Sumner added 13.

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