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Joel Embiid drops 46 points as the 76ers fight off Lakers

Joel Embiid drops 46 points as the 76ers fight off Lakers

As Magic Johnson danced from his seat on stage at the NBA draft lottery this year, Philadelphia center Joel Embiid sat next to him stone-faced. Had the Lakers’ pick fallen out of the top three, it would have belonged to the 76ers. Instead the Lakers kept their pick, and took Lonzo Ball with it.

Embiid got the next laugh, though. On Wednesday night he dominated the Lakers, as the 76ers beat them 115-109 at Staples Center. The Lakers fell to 6-9 while Philadelphia improved to 8-6.

Embiid scored a career-high 46 points, making 14 of 20 shots. Embiid also shot 19 free throws and made 16 of them. He became the first player with at least 45 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists and...

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