Zion Exits Early, Pelicans Fall Short In Philadelphia

Joel Embiid scored 42 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help the Philadelphia 76ers ring in the new year with a 120-111 home win over the New Orleans Pelicans, who will be more worried about Zion Williamson’s hamstring than the loss. Williamson retired with a limp at the end of the third quarter after recording 26 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds on his stat sheet.

Embiid also had five assists. James Harden had 27 points and 8 assists. Harden’s backcourt running mate Tyrese Maxey added 12 points and 2 assists. Georges Niang led the reserve with 15 off the bench and De’Anthony Melton (11 points, 4 rebounds) hit three big three points to give the 76ers five players who scored in double figures around Embiid.

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