Embiid helps 76ers pull away late for 119-111 win over Kings

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Joel Embiid had 25 points, 17 rebounds and helped the Philadelphia 76ers turn up the defensive intensity in the fourth quarter to beat the Sacramento Kings 119-111 on Tuesday night.

Tobias Harris and Seth Curry each added 22 points as the Sixers used a 10-0 run to take control of the game in the fourth and win for the sixth time in seven games.

The Kings took a 99-97 lead on a layup by Harrison Barnes with 7:26 to go and then didn’t score again for nearly three minutes, missing seven straight shots and committing a turnover.

Shake Milton tied the game with a layup and then Harris and Milton hit 3-pointers to put Philadelphia up six points. Embiid’s two free throws made it 107-99 and the Sixers held on from there to snap Sacramento’s four-game winning streak.

De’Aaron Fox led the Kings with 34 points and 10 assists. Buddy Hield added 21 points and Marvin Bagley III had 17.

The Sixers built a 14-point lead early in the second quarter before the Kings responded and went up 66-61 on successive 3-points from Fox, Hield and Tyrese Haliburton in the span of less than a minute.

Sacramento led 71-66 at the break and the game stayed close from there until the end.

TIP-INS

76ers: Embiid went back to the locker room briefly in the third quarter before returning. ... The Sixers were called for a delay of game technical with 1:01 remaining after getting a warning earlier in the game.

Kings: Fox had 15 points and five assists in the first quarter, the second time this season he has hit those marks in a single period having had 16 points and five assists in the third quarter vs. New Orleans on Jan. 17. The only players to do that even once this season are Dallas’ Luka Doncic and Phoenix’s Chris Paul. ... Coach Luke Walton said G DaQuan Jeffries is close to returning from an ankle sprain that has sidelined him all season.

UP NEXT

76ers: Visit Portland on Thursday night.

Kings: Host Orlando on Friday night.

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Josh Dubow, The Associated Press