PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tyrese Maxey scored a career-high 50 points, Joel Embiid had 37 points and the Philadelphia 76ers improved to 8-1 with their eighth straight victory, beating the Indiana Pacers 137-126 on Sunday night.
Maxey was 20 for 32 from the field and had seven rebounds, five assists and three blocks in the first of two straight games in Philadelphia between the teams. His previous high was 44 against Toronto on Oct. 28, 2022.
Embiid had 13 rebounds in 33 minutes. The 76ers are off to their best nine-game start since opening 10-0 in 2000-01 en route to the NBA Finals.
Philadelphia played without Kelly Oubre Jr. after he broke a rib when hit by a car in a hit-and-run incident Saturday night,
Tyrese Haliburton led Indiana with 25 points. The Pacers had won three a row.
GRIZZLIES 105, CLIPPERS 101
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Desmond Bane scored 27 points and Memphis won for the second time this season, beating reeling Los Angeles.
Memphis improved to 2-8 while waiting for All-Star guard Ja Morant to return from a 25-game suspension next month.
Paul George scored 26 points for Los Angeles James Harden had 11. He hit a tying 3-pointer with 1:33 left but missed another in the closing seconds. The Clippers have yet to win in four games since he was traded to the team.
NETS 102, WIZARDS 94
NEW YORK (AP) — Mikal Bridges had 27 points and 13 rebounds and Brooklyn recovered to beat Washington and after blowing a 17-point lead.
Cam Johnson added 14 points and starting center Nic Claxton, in just his second game of the season, had 10 points and 13 rebounds to spark a huge rebounding advantage. Brooklyn outrebounded Washington 66-42.
Rookie Bilal Coulibaly, Victor Wembanyama’s teammate last season in France, had a season-high 20 points for Washington.
KNICKS 129, HORNETS 107
NEW YORK (AP) — Julius Randle had 23 points, five rebounds and five assists and New York scored a season high in its victory over Charlotte.
R.J. Barrett scored 24 points, Jalen Brunson had 23 points and Immanuel Quickley had 17 points. The Knicks shot a season-high 54% to win their third straight game.
LaMelo Ball led Charlotte with 32 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
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