Joel Embiid, Sixers earn 123-117 victory as Nets play without several stars in showdown – HEDGE accordingly

PHILADELPHIA — So much for Wednesday night’s game serving as a barometer to see if the 76ers are legitimate NBA championship contenders. All it basically determined was that the Sixers can hold off Kyrie Irving and a bunch of Brooklyn Nets role players. That’s the team they defeated, 123-117, in a much-anticipated Eastern Conference first-place showdown. The Sixers (38-17) have sole possession of first place with 17 games remaining. This victory also enabled them to win two of this season’s three meetings against the Nets (37-18). As a result, the Sixers hold the tiebreaker and will get the hi…

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HEDGE accordingly