Suns edge thriller with 76ers
The Phoenix Suns made it two wins from two on their eastern conference road trip as they beat Philadelphia by three points on Wednesday night.
The 76ers have now lost back to back games at home after going down to the Warriors on Monday.
The 76ers are one of the best teams on home court and they started liking a house on fire as Joel Embiid knocked down nine points inside the first five minutes to give Philly a 10 point advantage. After an early timeout, the Suns were able to fightback as the teams exchanged leads, with the 76ers ending the quarter with a one point advantage.
Philadelphia went on an 8-0 run to finish the first and begin the second but as is often the case for Phoenix, their second unit was able to dig in to keep them in touch. Embiid returned with the Suns up by one but after feeling decisions weren't going his way, he gave away a technical before he turned his anger into a positive. The Sixers big man dropped a quick seven points to give him 18 and a first half double double.
It appeared Phoenix would be going into the break with the lead but an impressive turnaround jump shot from Danny Green levelled the scores with time running out. HT: Suns 54-54 76ers.
Matisse Thybulle was tasked with guarding Devin Booker for the evening and with him doing an excellent job, Chris Paul was forced to take over the scoring for Phoenix. The former Clipper dropping eight quick points in the third as the Suns grabbed the initiative.
Philly briefly re-took the lead to begin the fourth before CP3 took charge once again. The 35 year old finished the quarter with 10 pts & 5 assists, giving him 28/8 for the game.
Javon Carter hit back to back three's from the corner to stretch the Phoenix lead to seven, this triggered the return of Embiid, but the lead had been extended to nine before Jojo added to his point tally.
Devin Booker had been kept quiet all game by Thybulle but stepped up down the stretch. First hitting a treble before knocking down a corner jumper as the shot clock expired, giving Phoenix a six point lead with 13.7 seconds remaining.
Embiid & Korkmaz kept the Sixers in touch with some clutch threes but Booker and Paul iced the win for Phoenix from the free-throw line. Embiid scored 14 straight for Philadelphia down the stretch and was a favourable bounce away from forcing overtime with a full court heave at the buzzer.
Phoenix remain 1.5 games back on the Jazz while the 76ers remain in first place in the East despite back to back defeats. Final Score at Wells Fargo: Suns 116-113 76ers.