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Joel Embiid scores 24 points in return to action as Sixers topple Warriors 115-104

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NBA: Golden State Warriors at Philadelphia 76ers Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Golden State Warriors 115-106 at the Wells Fargo Center Tuesday evening. The Sixers, now with two straight wins, improve to 31-17 on the season and 7-3 in their last 10 games.

The Warriors hung with the Sixers for a good portion of the game, even taking the lead at one point during the 3rd quarter. But a strong 4th quarter performance from the home team sealed the win, with the Sixers building a lead as large as 16 points at one point during the final frame. Philly had a balanced offensive attack, hitting over half of their field goal attempts and getting to the line for 26 free throws.

In his return to the court after missing the last 9 games due to injury, Joel Embiid led the way to victory for the Sixers, scoring 24 points to go along with 10 rebounds in just 26 minutes of action. Embiid shot 9 of 13 from the floor (1-3 3PT) and 5 of 8 from the free throw line.

Embiid called Sixers legend Bobby Jones earlier in the day to ask permission to wear Jones’ #24 jersey (which is retired by the Sixers organization) in honor of Kobe Bryant. Jones approved.

Raul Neto had his best scoring night of the season, dropping 19 points off the bench on 7 of 10 from the floor, including 3 of 5 from deep. Shake Milton was another pleasant surprise, scoring 11 points dishing out 2 assists in the spot start in place of Josh Richardson. Zhaire Smith got 9 minutes of run, scoring 3 points on 1 of 5 from the floor and 1 of 2 from the line.

Al Horford and Tobias Harris were the only members to crack 30 minutes of playing time as the Sixers mostly controlled the game despite not pulling away until late. Kyle O’Quinn and Trey Burke did not enter the game.

Next up on the Sixers’ slate is the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday in Atlanta. Then, the Sixers hit the road for a challenging three-game run: at Boston Celtics, at Miami Heat, at Milwaukee Bucks.