LOOK WHO’S BACK FOR SIXERS! JOJO GETS 24, 7 AND 6 IN WIN OVER OKC

By Sally Fahey

Joel Embiid was listed as out for this game, but the reigning MVP suited up after missing 29 games due to meniscus surgery. It was an impressive first game back: 24 points, seven rebounds and six assists leading the Sixers to a 109-105 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Embiid shot 6-14 from the floor and was gassed at the end of his nearly 30 minutes.

Embiid had a white leg sleeve over a brace on his left knee and was clearly uncomfortable. He admitted postgame he’s put on some weight and needs to work himself back into shape.

This, however, is why the 76ers wanted him back now, to play himself into shape before the playoffs and hopefully improve the team’s standing from the No. 8 seed. Philly fell that far with him out, going 11-18, but they are now 1-0 with Embiid back. Philly is 1.5 games back of No. 7 Miami (which also won Tuesday night) and two games back of the Pacers for the No. 6 seed. That may be too much ground to make up with six games to go, but what really matters is having Embiid healthy for the playoffs.

Kelly Oubre had 25 points while Tobias Harris hit five 3-pointers on his way to 18 for the 76ers in the win. Chet Holmgren led the Thunder with 22 points.

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