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76ers C Embiid exits with ankle injury

Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid (21) leaves an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Philadelphia center Joel Embiid left in the first quarter of the 76ers' game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday after hurting his left ankle.

Embiid went up to contest a shot, then he backed up and stepped awkwardly into the stanchion. He came out of the game with 6:18 left in the first quarter. He tried to stretch the foot, then got assistance from the medical staff before heading to the locker room. The team said he would not return.

Embiid, an All-Star, leads the 76ers with 24 points and 12 rebounds per game. He had been averaging 30 points and 13.5 rebounds since the restart.


Raptors top Grizzlies to earn No. 2 seed

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Pascal Siakam scored 26 points to help the Toronto Raptors beat Memphis 108-99 on Sunday, preventing the Grizzlies from clinching a spot in the Western Conference play-in series.

Norman Powell scored 16 points and Kyle Lowry added 15 for the Raptors, who clinched the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference and their fifth consecutive season with at least 50 wins.


Lillard's 51 get Blazers by ailing 76ers

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Everything is back to normal for Damian Lillard.

The All-Star point guard scored 51 points after a frustrating finish a night earlier, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 124-121 on Sunday.


Rivers has 41 to lift Rockets over Kings

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Austin Rivers scored a career-high 41 points off the bench and the Houston Rockets used a big third quarter to pull away and cruise to a 129-112 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night.

"He's been playing well and obviously, tonight was his night," coach Mike D'Antoni said. "He played great."


Spurs top Pelicans, help playoff chances

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs came to the NBA's restart bubble looking to develop their young talent.

The playoffs might be a nice bonus.


Hayward leads Celtics past Magic in OT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Gordon Hayward showed early just how aggressive he would be as he drove the lane. He provided another reminder late of how dangerous he can be with the ball in his hands.

Hayward hit three free throws with 2:29 left in overtime, and the Boston Celtics beat the Orlando Magic 122-119 on Sunday for their third straight victory.


Nets use fast start to hold off Clippers

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Caris LeVert had 27 points and 13 assists, and the Brooklyn Nets used the best-shooting quarter in the NBA this season on their way to a 129-120 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night.

Joe Harris added 25 points - 23 in the first half - for the Nets, who clinched seventh place in the Eastern Conference and a first-round playoff matchup with the defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors. Tyler Johnson scored 21 and Jarrett Allen had 16 points and 16 rebounds as Brooklyn improved to 4-2 in the restart.


Bazley shines as Thunder rout Wizards

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Rookie Darius Bazley scored a career-high 23 points off the bench, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat Washington 121-103 on Sunday to keep the Wizards the only winless team inside the NBA bubble.

Bazley was 5 of 8 from 3-point range. Danilo Gallinari scored 20 points, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 18 as Oklahoma City led from the opening bucket and improved to 3-2 in the seeding games.


West will have play-in series

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) It's now official: There will be a play-in series to determine the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Memphis' 108-99 loss to Toronto on Sunday means that it's no longer possible for more than a four-game difference in the standings between the eighth- and ninth-place finishers in the West when the seeding game schedule ends later this week.


NBA fines Green $50K for Booker remarks

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green's suggestion for Devin Booker's future did not amuse the NBA.

The league fined Green $50,000 on Sunday for violating the league's anti-tampering rule with his comments about Booker, the Phoenix Suns' star guard.

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