Embiid, Covington lead 76ers to easy win over Nets

Embiid, Covington lead 76ers to easy win over Nets
Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, right, gets this hand on the ball as Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons, left, looks to pass during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 11, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Embiid, Covington lead 76ers to easy win over Nets
Philadelphia 76ers forward Ersan Ilyasova (23) defends as Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) passes to a teammate during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 11, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NEW YORK (AP) — Joel Embiid scored 21 points, Robert Covington added 19, and the Philadelphia 76ers routed the Brooklyn Nets 120-97 on Sunday night.

Dario Saric scored 18 points and Ben Simmons had 11 points, six assists and six rebounds for the 76ers, who were able to avenge a disappointing loss to the Nets at Barclays Center in January.

D'Angelo Russell had 26 points for the Nets, who have lost 13 of their last 15 games.

Philadelphia led by as many as 19 points in the first half before the Nets cut it to six on consecutive baskets by Russell early in the third quarter to make it 74-68 with 8:20 remaining.

Backed by a strong contingent of fans that started a chant for the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, the 76ers' defense tightened up and its offense went on to blitz the Nets off the floor in the opening moments of the fourth quarter with a 7-0 run that pushed the lead to 103-83.

After a pair of free throws from DeMarre Carroll ended a scoring drought of almost seven minutes, Marco Belinelli answered by making back-to-back baskets to put the Sixers up by 109-85.

UP NEXT

76ers: host Indiana on Tuesday night.

Nets: host the Eastern Conference-leading Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night.

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