76ers vs Suns
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Jan 2, 2019 9:39 PM


The Philadelphia 76ers look to complete a five-game road trip with a winning record when they visit the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday. Philadelphia is 2-2 on the excursion after posting a 119-113 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday behind 28 points and 19 rebounds from star center Joel Embiid.

Embiid has recorded a league-leading 32 double-doubles and the latest one occurred after a one-game absence because of left knee soreness. "I feel good," Embiid said during a postgame television interview. "I was a little bit out of shape and then the elbow that I got (from teammate Ben Simmons) almost knocked me out but I'm fine. I'm good. I'll be good." Phoenix has opened up a seven-game homestand by allowing an average of 124 points in losses to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Denver Nuggets and Golden State Warriors. Star shooting guard Devin Booker has strung together nine straight 20-point outings and is averaging 28.4 points during the stretch.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, NBCS Philadelphia, FS Arizona (Phoenix)

ABOUT THE 76ERS (24-14): Philadelphia's offensive production soared with Embiid back in the lineup as the club scored 76 in the first half against the Clippers after recording 41 without him in Sunday's 129-95 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. But Embiid was highly upset and unleashed a few choice words when he went up for a rebound and Simmons smacked him in the face with his elbow. "I'm sure it was the frustration and initial fear (of being hurt) but don't read into anything about that," 76ers coach Brett Brown told reporters of the exchange.

ABOUT THE SUNS (9-29): Rookie center Deandre Ayton gets a second look at Embiid and scored 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting in a loss on Nov. 19. The No. 1 overall pick has been superb over the last two games with averages of 29 points and 12 rebounds in losses to Denver - he scored a season-best 33 against the Nuggets - and the Golden State Warriors. "I just put up a lot of shots in my off time, especially when I'm tired," Ayton told reporters about topping 20 points in six of the past eight contests. "I just go to the gym a lot and put up a lot of shots, like a lot. I just work on my hook shots and post moves just when I'm bored."

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Embiid recorded 33 points and 17 rebounds as the 76ers posted a 119-114 home win in the November meeting.

2. Philadelphia SG JJ Redick has made at least four 3-pointers in four of the past five games and is 20-of-39 during the stretch.

3. Booker scored 37 points and matched his career high of six 3-pointers in the earlier loss to Philadelphia.

PREDICTION: 76ers 113, Suns 105

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