Embiid returns to lead 76ers on night NBA suspends season

              Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid goes up for dunk during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid had 30 points and 14 rebounds in his return from a sprained left shoulder, leading the Philadelphia 76ers to a 124-106 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night in one of the final games before the NBA suspended its season.

The NBA has suspended its season “until further notice” after a Utah Jazz player tested positive Wednesday for the coronavirus, a move that came only hours after the majority of the league’s owners were leaning toward playing games without fans in arenas.

A person with knowledge of the situation said the Jazz player who tested positive was center Rudy Gobert. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither the league nor the team confirmed the presumptive positive test.

While Embiid returned from a five-game absence, All-Star guard Ben Simmons will miss at least three more weeks with nerve issues in his lower back.

Christian Wood led the Pistons with 32 points.


DALLAS (AP) — Boban Marjanovic had 31 points and 17 rebounds, Luka Doncic scored 28 points and Dallas s beat Denver.

Jamal Murray had 25 points to lead Denver, and Will Barton had 23.


MIAMI (AP) — Devonte’ Graham scored 30 points, Caleb Martin had 19 and the Hornets shook off an early 20-point deficit to beat Miami, keeping the Heat’s magic number for clinching a postseason berth at one.

P.J. Washington added 17 points for the Hornets. Kendrick Nunn scored 24 points for the Heat.


ATLANTA (AP) — Julius Randle scored 33 points, RJ Barrett added 26 and New York beat Atlanta after Trae Young led a furious Hawks comeback in the fourth quarter.

With Young scoring 27 of his 42 points in the final period of regulation, the Hawks sent the game to overtime tied at 118 after trailing by as many as 23.


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