Embiid scores 18, leads 76ers past Hornets

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ben Simmons watched the 76ers’ game in street clothes, bothered by a shoulder injury but feeling downright sunny about their chances after a rough road trip.

“I feel great,” Simmons said. “Woke up on a beautiful day, excited to see my team play.”

Joel Embiid returned from a bumpy road trip to score 18 points and grab nine rebounds, and Furkan Korkmaz scored 17 points to help Philadelphia snap a three-game losing streak with a 114-106 win over the Charlotte Hornets yesterday.

Embiid hustled from the opening tip and scored 15 points in the first half in a mismatched matchup against Bismack Biyombo and Cody Zeller. He blocked a Devonte Graham shot that led to a James Ennis III slam on the other end, and pump-faked his way into a basket and a foul whistled on Biyombo. Embiid, though, couldn’t do much when the Hornets ripped a 12-2 run late in the half to take a 58-53 lead into the break.

He only played 26 minutes and got a breather down the stretch once the 76ers blew this one open in the fourth.

“We’re trying to get Joel in increasingly better and better and better shape,” Brown said.