Sixers' Joel Embiid to Russell Westbrook: 'I ain't going nowhere'

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PHILADELPHIA — It took 3 overtimes to get there, yet eventually a Oklahoma City Thunder hold off a Philadelphia 76ers 119-117, and after a final horn sounded, Russell Westbrook waved Joel Embiid off a court.

“He told me to go home, man. we mean, this is my home, so we theory it’s on him to go home,” Embiid said. “They won a game. we give them a lot of credit — they did a lot of things. But we mean, a dude shot like 10-of-33. we wish we would’ve shot 33 times. we theory we would’ve had a improved possibility of indeed winning a game. But he told me to go home, man. This is my home. we ain’t going nowhere.”

After Steven Adams fouled out in a third overtime, with Embiid forcing a foul, a Sixers large male pulled what has turn a signature goblin move, fluttering during Adams as he was unfit from a game. Westbrook pronounced he didn’t conclude a gesture.

“I told him to go home,” Westbrook said. “He was articulate disaster to Steve-O — [who] fouled out — fluttering to a crowd, that is unnecessary. Waving to Steve-O bye. You know, now it’s time for him to go home.”

Things got chippy between Embiid and a Thunder progressing in a game, as he got into some trash-talking with Carmelo Anthony in a fourth entertain after Embiid scored an and-1 over Anthony.

“He only pronounced something like, ‘Don’t do this with me,’ or something like that. I’m like, ‘Dude, you’re not going to do anything,’” Embiid said. “Guys in a league, we mean, we can’t remember a final time someone indeed threw a punch during somebody, so I’m not disturbed about anybody. I’ve seen that a lot all over a place, about people articulate about people entrance behind during me; I’m African, so don’t try me.”

For his part, Anthony, who played his best diversion of a deteriorate with 24 points on 11-of-17 shooting, pronounced he indeed enjoyed a exchange.

“It’s a process,” Anthony said. “I mean, he’s Embiid, man. He’s a ruin of a talent, a tough man to ensure down low. we only adore his rival suggestion and his rival nature. He was still for a many partial tonight. He got a and-1, afterwards it started to come adult out of him. we like that, we like that. we mean, we consider he’s doing a good pursuit in Philly, putting a city on his back, and have something to demeanour brazen to.”

Embiid has turn famous for his on-court antics, holding behind opposite no one. Asked if he felt Embiid can infrequently cranky a line, Westbrook wasn’t holding a bait.

“I’m not about about to get into a back-and-forth with him,” Westbrook said. “I’m not about to give him my energy, so I’m gonna pierce on from that.”

All a rabble speak and gesturing suitably capped a furious diversion that saw a 76ers come behind from as many as 17 down, including 9 behind with 3 mins remaining. The Thunder didn’t measure a singular indicate over a final 5:23 of regulation, as Westbrook went 0-of-6 in a final few minutes, that enclosed a missed wide-open asperse and a wide-open layup. Paul George had a demeanour from 3 to try to win a diversion during a buzzer, yet he missed short.

“They won a game. we give them a lot of credit — they did a lot of things. But we mean, a dude shot like 10-of-33. we wish we would’ve shot 33 times.”

Joel Embiid on Russell Westbrook

The overtime started out a Sixers’ way, yet a George 3 and a transition Westbrook finish erased a five-point necessity in a final minute. Dario Saric had a jumper tumble brief during a buzzer that could’ve won it. The second overtime, Andre Roberson was far-reaching open during a edge after Anthony found him on a baseline with 6 seconds remaining. Roberson incited down a shot to strike a slicing Westbrook, and he pinged it right behind to Roberson, who missed indicate vacant in a final seconds.

It was Roberson, though, in a third overtime who had a winning shot with Westbrook going right behind to him on a identical play. This time, Roberson finished a up-and-under around Embiid.

“I only told him, ‘Next time, I’m gonna strike we again,’” Westbrook said. “If you’re open, I’m always gonna strike you, regardless of where you’re at. That’s a partial of my job.”

head to New York for Anthony’s lapse game.

“Walking in there it’ll be a small emotional,” Anthony said. “Because from a standpoint, that’s home. Being behind in there, being on a other side, using out a other side of a tunnel, saying people that we became tighten with, saying my family that we can’t unequivocally most right now since I’m in Oklahoma City, my son, my wife, saying them, carrying them be there is really important. So we consider it’ll be a fun game, a fun night. Emotional as distant as vehement being behind on that court.”

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