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Joel Embiid discusses taking over in 4th quarter to knock off Warriors

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The Philadelphia 76ers somehow put themselves in a position in order to knock off the Golden State Warriors on Saturday despite the starting unit getting off to a slow start. The bench unit came in and gave the team a big spark before giving way to the starters to close it out.

Coach Doc Rivers turned back to Joel Embiid despite the fact that he shot just 4-for-12 through the first three quarters and it appeared as if the officiating was in his head. The big fella responded by scoring nine points on 3-for-4 shooting in the fourth in a 102-93 win over the Warriors at home. “A little bit, but like I said last game, I think it’ll be fine.

A huge factor in Philadelphia being able to win this game was due to that bench unit as mentioned. The Sixers were able to get some big efforts out of those players and then the big fella came in and finished the job. He did not want to waste that effort.

“I didn’t want to waste the bench effort to bring us back in the game and to take the lead before I came back in,” he finished.

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