Without Ben Simmons, Sixers blown out by Trail Blazers, 121-105

PHILADELPHIA — Already without one All-Star, the 76ers held their collective breath as another left Thursday’s game in the first quarter after landing awkwardly on his right knee. Yet Joel Embiid’s departure was brief before his dominant return. His teammates couldn’t follow his lead. Embiid scored 37 points, but the Sixers lost, 121-105, to an undermanned Portland Trail Blazers team at the Wells Fargo Center. That snapped a four-game win streak for the Sixers (16-7). The Blazers (12-9) pulled away with a 40-19 third quarter after the teams were tied 57-57 at halftime. After blocking a shot fr…

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