By Jerry Wein

It didn’t take long for the Sixers to regain a share of the Eastern Conference lead with the Nets.

Joel Embiid had 27 points and nine rebounds as the Sixers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 117-93 to pull even with Brooklyn, which got hammered by the Lakers.

On Friday night in a loss at New Orleans, Embiid went just 5 for 16 from the floor and scored 14 points. He was 10 for 17 in three quarters of work against the Thunder and had four blocks.

Even with the off night against New Orleans and the 10 games he missed with a bone bruise in his left knee, Embiid still feels he should be at the top of the league MVP race.

“When it comes to the MVP stuff, I feel like I’m still right there,” he said. “When I’m on the floor, I feel like I’ve been the best all season, just doing my thing, just dominating with the help of my teammates and the coaches putting me in the right positions to succeed.”

Furkan Korkmaz added a season-high 20 points and a career-high five steals for the 76ers. They didn’t like the way they played against the Pelicans, but felt better after Saturday’s effort.

“We responded good,” forward Mike Scott said. “The great thing about the NBA —- there’s a lot of games — back-to-back, quick turnarounds. You learn from your mistakes and you keep moving. No matter the team and no matter the record, it’s always great to come in and get a win, especially on the road.”

Darius Bazley had 17 points and nine rebounds in his first action since missing 15 games with a shoulder bruise.

“We’re happy he’s back,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said. “We’re happy he looks like he’s in pretty good shape, body looks good. Just keep building from here. This is an important 20 games for him.”

Thunder guard Lu Dort scored 15 points in his first action since missing seven games while in concussion protocol. Tony Bradley added 16 points and 14 rebounds for Oklahoma City, which has lost six straight.

The 76ers led 66-53 at halftime. Embiid made just one of his first four shots, but he went 6-for-6 the rest of the first half and finished it with 21 points. The 76ers led despite making just 5 of 21 3-pointers before the break. The 76ers led 90-76 heading into the fourth quarter.