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The Weekly Run It Back: Sixers struggle at home, Joel Embiid tweaks knee

The Sixers dropped two of three games this week, all on their home court, and were down three starters by Saturday.

NBA: Utah Jazz at Philadelphia 76ers Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to Run It Back! In this weekly series, we will summarize the week overall and recap each Sixers’ game from the previous week (Sunday to Saturday).

The Sixers returned to South Philadelphia for three home games this week, but there wasn’t a lot of celebrating going on at the Wells Fargo Center. They started off the week strong, with Joel Embiid returning after over a week off due to an ankle injury. A triple-double from the big man helped lead the Sixers to a comfortable victory over the Bulls on Tuesday.

Things went downhill from there. The Sixers dropped both games of a home back-to-back, starting with an embarrassing loss to the New York Knicks on Friday. To make matters worse, Embiid twisted his knee early in the contest and, despite finishing the game, was in visible pain at moments throughout.

That culminated in the center ultimately being a late scratch due to knee swelling for Saturday’s game hosting the Utah Jazz. In addition to Embiid, Tobias Harris was ruled out Saturday with left ankle soreness that saw him exit Friday’s contest early and De’Anthony Melton remained sidelined with a back injury. The shorthanded Sixers struggled against the Jazz, falling 120-109.

Two losses and three starters being out is not the most promising way to end a week. We will keep you posted on their statuses as more information is available as the Sixers head into a two-game week. They will be on the road Wednesday to take on the Atlanta Hawks before returning home on Friday to host the Sacramento Kings.

Miss any of the action this past week? No worries, we have you covered.

Sixers vs. Chicago Bulls, Tuesday, Jan. 2

Result: W, 110-97

Bell Ringer: Joel Embiid

NBA: Chicago Bulls at Philadelphia 76ers Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia stampedes the Bulls with big first quarter, cruises to victory

The Philadelphia 76ers returned home to wallop the Bulls 110-97 in the rematch a few days after falling to them last Saturday. The Sixers wasted no time showing this night would be much different, going on a 27-4 surge midway through the first quarter. Their 43 points represented the second time this time the Sixers have scored 40-plus points in the opening frame.

Philadelphia kept the pressure on, leading by as many as 31 points, never giving the Bulls sniff a comeback and allowing for plenty of bench-emptying in the fourth quarter.

Joel Embiid led with a 30-point, 15-rebound, 10-assist triple-double in 30 minutes before resting the entirety of the fourth thanks to the Sixers’ sizable lead.

Sixers vs. New York Knicks, Friday, Jan. 5

Result: L, 128-92

Bell Ringer: Kelly Oubre Jr.

NBA: New York Knicks at Philadelphia 76ers Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports

Sixers all around awful in loss to Knicks

What a mess.

In an all-around poor performance, the Philadelphia 76ers fell on their own turf 128-92 to the New York Knicks on Friday night.

A flurry from beyond the arc from the Knicks earned them the advantage after one. They sank seven triples in the first 12 minutes. Their lead over the Sixers swelled to double-digits from there thanks to 13 triples in the first half (the Sixers had just four). New York led by 20 at halftime.

After putting up a season-high 75 points in the first half, the Knicks scored just 18 points in the third, but the Sixers failed to take advantage, allowing New York to carry a 17-point lead into the fourth period, and that was pretty much all she wrote. The Sixers fell 128-92 on Friday night

Sixers vs. Utah Jazz, Saturday, Jan. 6

Result: L, 120-109

Bell Ringer: Kelly Oubre Jr.

NBA: Utah Jazz at Philadelphia 76ers Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Down three starters, Sixers give poor two-way effort in loss to Jazz

Being down three starters was at least one too many for the Sixers, who fell to Utah, 120-109, to lose both ends of the home back-to-back.

It was a poor showing on both ends of the court for Philadelphia, who had negative rim protection with Joel Embiid out, and only shot 7-of-38 (18.4 percent) from behind the arc offensively.

The Jazz pulled away in the third quarter after a back-and-forth first half, and the Sixers couldn’t string together enough stops to consistently get it below double digits.

Hopefully, this team will be healthier in a few days because this wasn’t especially fun basketball to watch.

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