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The Philadelphia 76ers have won consecutive home games against the Los Angeles Lakers and Charlotte Hornets, and now they welcome the Sacramento Kings for the third of seven straight at The Center. The Sixers enter the game with a 14-12 record, while the Kings are currently 14-11.

On Monday afternoon, Joel Embiid earned Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors for the second time this season and ninth time in his career. Notable statistics from the three games that factored in were Embiid’s 43.3 points per game, 10.3 rebounds per game, and .639 field-goal percentage.

The Sixers’ injury report on Monday evening included Danuel House Jr. (probable - left foot laceration) and Tyrese Maxey (out - left foot fracture). Sacramento listed De’Aaron Fox (right foot soreness) as questionable and Alex Len (non-COVID illness) as out. Fox, the leading scorer for the visitors averaging 22.8 points per game, missed their previous two contests. 

The Kings fell to the Knicks, 112-99, in New York on Sunday. Domantas Sabonis notched a double-double in defeat with 20 points, 12 rebounds, and four assists.

Sacramento ranks sixth in offensive rating, while the Sixers are fourth in defensive rating.

Embiid became the first player in the NBA this season to post multiple 50-point games by scoring 53 points against the Hornets on Sunday. Earlier this season, the league’s reigning scoring champ delivered a career-high 59 points against Utah.

“We have a saying, ‘you’ve got to feed the hot hand,’” Embiid said postgame. “You have to keep feeding them until the defense stops them once, twice, or three times. I just kept scoring and they just kept giving me the ball.”

“He was in attack mode for the entire game,” James Harden said of Embiid. “He made scoring look easy. I mean he was just in attack mode getting to the basket, and his jumpers were falling. He just had an aggressive night tonight.”

Tuesday’s game is a 7 p.m. ET start in South Philadelphia.

Sunday’s Key Performances:
Joel Embiid

    James Harden

      Tobias Harris

        De’Anthony Melton

          Shake Milton/Montrezl Harrell

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            Quote to Note:
            76ers Head Coach Doc Rivers on the performances from Embiid and the team in the win over the Hornets:

            “It's good. He was phenomenal. The team, just offensively, last two games – we [shot] 53% last game, 55% tonight… And, again, like we talked about before about pace – that was pace. We didn't run, we just played with pace. The ball kept moving, kept hitting open guys. De’Anthony Melton’s ability to make shots. James Harden was unbelievable tonight. He was the point guard, the facilitator, and the scorer all at the same time and that's exactly what we're talking about and that was phenomenal. Then Joel Embiid, he literally scored in every way that you can possibly score a basketball tonight. Even the last play was a slot drive and we do that drill everyday, but we do it for the guards. I don't think we've ever done it for the bigs. Maybe we have to add that now because that was terrific.”

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