Shake Milton made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 7.2 seconds remaining and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the San Antonio Spurs 132-130 on Monday night. In another game LA Lakers defeated Utah Jazz 116-108
Joel Embiid, who had 27 points and nine rebounds for the 76ers, drew San Antonio’s defense and helped Milton get a good look.
‘‘We figured they were going to go down to Embiid,” San Antonio’s DeMar De Rozansaid. ”I think we were more conscious of trying to help whoever was guarding Embiid instead of just trying to stay home and not give up a 3. The young kid took a big shot. I give him credit. He hit it.”
Milton went scoreless on Saturday against Indiana and entered the night averaging 9.2 points. He finished with 16 points on Monday.
Embiid was glad to see Milton shine.
”He’s been working really hard this season,” Embiid said. ”He’s been showing up. That was a big shot he hit. He gave us the win. I’m extremely happy for him.”
The 76ers opened a 14-point lead early in the fourth quarter, then recovered after falling behind by four in the final minute.
Embiid, who was coming off a 41-point, 21-rebound performance in a loss to Indiana on Saturday, followed that effort by shooting 9 for 17 as Philadelphia evened its record in the restart.
Tobias Harris scored 25 points and Josh Richardson had 19 for the 76ers.
DeRozan scored 13 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter for San Antonio. Rudy Gayscored a season-high 24 points and Derrick White added 20.
San Antonio fell to 2-1 in Florida and missed a chance to gain ground in the Western Conference standings. The Spurs remained 1 1/2 games behind eighth-place Memphis.
San Antonio could have become the first team to win three games in the restart.
The 76ers inbounded trailing by two with 10 seconds left and left Milton plenty of room to shoot while trying to keep the ball from getting into Embiid.
Dejounte Murray, who was assigned to Milton on the play, accepted responsibility for Milton getting open.
”The inbound, he (Spurs coach Gregg Popovich) wanted me to be in, faceguard Embiid, but also me get back right away,” Murray said. ”That was just a mistake on my end, not getting back right away when the ball was inbounded.”
San Antonio’s Jakob Poeltl then missed a contested layup in close, and the ball went out of bounds off the Spurs. Embiid made the first of two free throws to close the scoring.
”Everybody’s sick in the stomach,” Murray said. ‘‘We fought so hard, and we had that game in our hands.”
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