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76ers vs. Jazz takeaways: Rudy Gobert struggles with Joel Embiid; Philadelphia’s late-game offense looks sharp

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The Jazz led by as many as 13, but an MVP-caliber performance from Joel Embiid gave the 76ers a hard-fought 131-123 overtime victory that assured their place atop the Eastern Conference standings heading into the All-Star break. Yes, Gobert is more comfortable away from the basket well, Embiid and Jokic have still managed to punk him in the post. Forcing him to defend players like Embiid, Jokic and Davis makes that significantly more difficult because they need to be accounted for at all times. That’s nearly impossible to do against Gobert when he can protect the rim exclusively, but when he’s occupied by an MVP candidate? Suddenly things get a lot easier for everybody else, and that’s a problem Utah is going to have to solve in the playoffs with possible matchups against Davis, Jokic and Embiid looming.

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