Rising Suns eclipse Sixers as Embiid's 85-foot toss rattles off the rim

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 23 Apr 2021

Chris Paul scored a team-high 28 points as the Phoenix Suns escaped with a 116-113 NBA win over the Philadelphia 76ers after Joel Embiid's 85-foot desperation heave at the buzzer rattled off the rim.

Embiid's one-handed toss - almost the full length of the court - hit the backboard then bounced off the front and the back of the rim before falling away as time expired. "When I threw it, it looked good," said Embiid, who finished with 38 points and 17 rebounds.

A free throw by Paul had given the Suns a 116-113 lead.

Shooting guard Devin Booker added 19 points as he and Paul, who finished with eight assists, have combined to become the best backcourt in the league this season. Phoenix improved to 42-16 on the season, second in the Western Conference.

The Sixers missed three of their regular starters Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris and Seth Curry because of injuries.

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