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Simmons, Embiid throttle Wizards in NBA

Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons put on a masterclass on Friday as the Philadelphia 76ers whipped the Washington Wizards 123-98 in the NBA.

Embiid scored 16 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and recorded his 22nd double-double as hosts Philadelphia dismantled the Wizards.

Simmons had 13 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds. It was the 15th double-double this season for the Australian.

TJ McConnell added 15 points, JJ Redick contributed 14 and Furkan Korkmaz had 13 for the Sixers, who improved to 12-1 at home and won their third in a row. Eight Sixers reached double figures in the win, half of them reserves.

It was also the Sixers’ second straight win by at least 25 points — the first time they have done that since 2008.

Redick has now scored in double figures in 33 straight games, tying a career-best streak. Redick previously accomplished the feat from February 25-November 11, 2015 with the Clippers.

Mike Muscala and Landry Shamet scored 12 points apiece and Jimmy Butler had 11.

Bradley Beal led the struggling Wizards with 19 points while Austin Rivers added 15, Thomas Bryant had 12 and John Wall scored 11 on 4-of-15 shooting.

“That was a good team effort,” Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said. “We were able to rest guys.”

Simmons and Jimmy Butler sported matching white head bands as a sign of solidarity.

“They are defensive brothers,” Brown said. “They’re blood brothers. That band, to me, signifies a bonding, a defensive bonding. I’ve asked Jimmy to put Ben under his wing and really help Ben be all he can be defensively.”

In Charlotte, Utah Jazz held off the Hornets for a 119-111 win which included a 24-footer from Australian Joe Ingles.

In Boston, Kyrie Irving scored 29 points in the first three quarters as the Boston Celtics topped their season scoring high for the second straight game, routing the Cleveland Cavaliers 128-95.

Andre Drummond had 19 points and 19 rebounds and Blake Griffin added 20 points and 10 rebounds to help the Detroit Pistons rout Chicago Bulls 107-88 for their fourth straight victory.

In Miami, the Miami Heat snapped a six-game home losing streak by defeating the New Orleans Pelicans 106-101.

Josh Richardson scored a team-high 20 points – including a key drive with 26 seconds left.

Russell Westbrook scored 23 points, finishing one rebound short of a second consecutive triple-double, to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 124-109 win over the Atlanta Hawks.

In San Antonio, Clint Capela scored 27 points on 12-of-16 shooting and pulled down 12 rebounds in just three quarters as the visiting Houston Rockets rolled to a 136-105 win over the reeling San Antonio Spurs.

The Rockets emphatically snapped a four-game losing streak, taking a 70-47 lead into half-time and never looking back.

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