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NBA Notebook: Sixers blow out Spurs without Embiid as fans return

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Joel Embiid’s absence was no problem for the Philadelphia Sixers as they continued their incredible winning streak with a blow out win over the San Antonio Spurs.

The leading candidate for the MVP award this season, Embiid, suffered a bone bruise on his left knee in Friday’s win over the Washington Wizards, which is set to keep him out for at least two weeks. 

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Joel Embiid has been the most influential for the Sixers as they continue to impress in the NBA this season. He leads his side’s board for average points per game, dribbles as well as offensive and defensive rebounds. 

But any doubts of his absence causing a setback was put to bed as they brushed aside the San Antonio Spurs with a 134-99 victory.

In his absence, Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris stepped as they recorded 37 points between themselves to lead their team to victory.

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The victory which puts them on a 5-game winning streak was the best welcome present for their 3,100 fans who returned to the Wells Fargo Center for the first time in months.

NBA Notebook: Sixers blow out Spurs without Embiid as fans return
The returning fans were treated to a blow out win

The Sixers (27-12) who are leading the Eastern Conference table have played in three games since the All-Star break, and have won all three by at least 22 points.

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March 14, Final Scores/Leaders:

Grizzlies – 122 Thunder – 128
Morant: 22 Pts. Morant: 7 Asts. Valanciunas: 14 Rebs./Gilgeous-Alexander: 30 Pts. Gilgeous-Alexander: 5 Asts. Pokusevski: 10 Rebs.

Jazz – 119 Warriors – 131
Gobert: 24 Pts. Ingles: 7 Asts. Gobert: 28 Rebs./Curry: 32 Pts. Green: 12 Asts. Green: 12 Rebs.

Spurs – 99 Sixers – 134
Eubanks: 17 Pts. White: 4 Asts. Eubanks: 9 Rebs./Harris: 23 Pts. Simmons: 9 Asts. Harris: 9 Rebs.

Heat – 102 Magic – 97
Butler: 29 Pts. Butler: 9 Asts. Herro: 8 Rebs./Vucevic: 38 Pts. Carter-Williams: 7 Asts. Vucevic: 10 Rebs.

Cavaliers – 82 Hawks – 100
Sexton: 15 Pts. Garland: 7 Asts. Allen: 11 Rebs./Collins: 22 Pts. Young: 6 Asts. Collins: 12 Rebs.

Celtics – 134 Rockets – 107
Brown: 24 Pts. Tatum: 6 Asts. Williams: 13 Rebs./Oladipo: 26 Pts. Porter Jr.: 7 Asts. Nwaba: 7 Rebs.

Blazers – 112 Timberwolves – 114
Lillard: 34 Pts. Covington: 5 Asts. Kanter: 11 Rebs./Edwards: 34 Pts. Towns: 8 Asts. Vanderbilt: 9 Rebs.

Raptors – 95 Bulls – 118
Powell: 32 Pts. Lowry: 8 Asts. Lowry: 5 Rebs./Williams: 23 Pts. Young: 7 Asts. Carter Jr.: 11 Rebs.

Clippers – 115 Pelicans – 135
Leonard: 23 Pts. Kennard: 4 Asts. Mann: 7 Rebs./Williamson: 27 Pts. Bledsoe: 8 Asts. Ball: 8 Rebs.

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