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Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Sixers win marred by more Fultz drama


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The Philadelphia 76ers' thrilling one-point win over the New Orleans Pelicans has been marred by more drama surrounding the health of Markelle Fultz. 

Joel Embiid had 31 points and 19 rebounds while Ben Simmons added 22 as the 76ers retained the only unbeaten home record in the NBA, but all the buzz was surrounding the 2017 first overall pick who sat out the game once again. 

Speaking to reporters following the game, Embiid seemingly took aim at the team's management for the situation which has seen Fultz have a stuttering start to his NBA career.

"It's a crazy situation," Embiid said.

"Last year I felt like a lot of people didn't have his back and that was with the previous management.

"I don't even know what's the problem. A lot of people always talk about (how) he's a bust and all that. I mean, it's just stupid.

"He has a lot of potential and I just got to keep doing my job and trying to help him."

Prior to the game, Simmons was involved in a terse exchange with reporters in the Sixers locker room, curiously refusing to answer questions on the status of Fultz.

Following the Sixers win, Simmons kept his message to Fultz short, calling him his "brother" and his "teammate".

The Sixers beat the Pelicans 121-120 when Davis, who earlier in the game reached 10,000 career points, missed the third of three free throws with 2.5 seconds left.

Philadelphia are 10-0 on their home floor and improved to 13-7 for the season.

Embiid reached at least 30 points and 15 rebounds for the 12th time this season.

Simmons added eight rebounds and seven assists in another all-round performance as the Sixers won their fourth game in a row.

The Philadelphia 76ers' thrilling one-point win over the New Orleans Pelicans has been marred by more drama surrounding the health of Markelle Fultz. 

Joel Embiid had 31 points and 19 rebounds while Ben Simmons added 22 as the 76ers retained the only unbeaten home record in the NBA, but all the buzz was surrounding the 2017 first overall pick who sat out the game once again. 

Speaking to reporters following the game, Embiid seemingly took aim at the team's management for the situation which has seen Fultz have a stuttering start to his NBA career.

"It's a crazy situation," Embiid said.

"Last year I felt like a lot of people didn't have his back and that was with the previous management.

"I don't even know what's the problem. A lot of people always talk about (how) he's a bust and all that. I mean, it's just stupid.

"He has a lot of potential and I just got to keep doing my job and trying to help him."

Prior to the game, Simmons was involved in a terse exchange with reporters in the Sixers locker room, curiously refusing to answer questions on the status of Fultz.

Following the Sixers win, Simmons kept his message to Fultz short, calling him his "brother" and his "teammate".

The Sixers beat the Pelicans 121-120 when Davis, who earlier in the game reached 10,000 career points, missed the third of three free throws with 2.5 seconds left.

Philadelphia are 10-0 on their home floor and improved to 13-7 for the season.

Embiid reached at least 30 points and 15 rebounds for the 12th time this season.

Simmons added eight rebounds and seven assists in another all-round performance as the Sixers won their fourth game in a row.

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