By Art Beitchman
After an eight-day All-Star game layoff, the 76ers looked like they were still on a break last night at the Wells.
And the Grizzlies looked fresh, jumping out to a 17 point lead.
But the Sixers kept fighting to get their sea legs, which they finally did in the 4th quarter.
Behind a stellar shooting night from James Harden, who popped 31 points, they got even with the feisty Grizz late in the 4th with some lockdown defense when they needed it the most.
Joel Embiid had an off night shooting, but had six big time blocked shots, one on Grizz star guard Ja Morant deep in the 4th quarter.
.@JoelEmbiid jumped with him.
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— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) February 24, 2023
Embiid still managed 27 points and 19 rebounds as the Sixers won their 5th straight game 110-105 to stay hot in the Eastern Conference.
They improved to 39-19, 3 games behind first-place Boston and 2 behind second-place Milwaukee in the Eastern conference.