Embiid injured in East-leading 76ers’ victory over Wizards

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joel Embiid scored 23 points but sustained an apparent leg injury and left midway through the third quarter in the Philadelphia 76ers’ 127-101 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday night.

Embiid, an MVP contender for the Eastern Conference-leading 76ers, was in his first game back following a week-long absence for contract tracing.

He entered on Friday averaging 30.2 points and 11.6 rebounds. He had also had seven rebounds before his departure with 6:20 left in the third.

Following a dunk for his last points, Embiid landed awkwardly on his left leg, his knee joint appearing to bend slightly forward. He laid on the floor for several minutes, and a stretcher was briefly brought onto the court, but the centre eventually limped off under his own power.

Even with Embiid’s exit and Ben Simmons also out for contact tracing after both players were exposed to the same barber who tested positive for COVID-19, the 76ers cruised to a second straight comfortable win following the All-Star break.

Shake Milton scored 18 points off the bench Philadelphia. Furkan Korkmaz added 12 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter as the Sixers completed a three-game season sweep of the Wizards. Russell Westbrook scored 25 points, and Bradley Beal added 19 for the Wizards.

Philadelphia 76ers centre Joel Embiid reacts after an injury during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game. PHOTO: AP