Joel Embiid reappears and scores 42 points against Timberwolves

Joel Embiid exploded with 42 points on his return from a nine-game absence due to health and safety protocols, but failed to lift the Philadelphia 76ers from a 121-120 double overtime loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday. at night.

Embiid played 45 minutes in his first game after testing positive for COVID-19 on November 8. He finished with 14 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks and reached the free throw line 21 times.

Tobias Harris also returned to the starting lineup after missing the previous two games with a hip injury. He finished with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists.

Embiid scored Philadelphia’s seven points in the second overtime, and his jump from the baseline put them up 120-117 with 1:58 left. But a Naz Reid layup brought Minnesota closer to a point with 30.8 seconds left, before D’Angelo Russell stole a pass destined for Embiid and assisted on Reid’s layup that put the Timberwolves up by one point.

Philadelphia had one last chance to win, but Embiid’s 3-point attempt was blocked at the buzzer.

Russell led the way for the Wolves with 35 points, including 27 in the fourth quarter and two overtime periods.

The Sixers, with few hands, finished 2-7 without Embiid. Saturday’s loss leaves them 10-10 on the season, while the Timberwolves have won seven of their last 10 games.

With information from the Associated Press.