Joel Embiid returns to the Philadelphia 76ers with a 122-113 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday morning [AEDT] and timing could not be better.
They lined up against rival Karl-Anthony Towns and it did not take long for them to meet and resume their dispute.
For the frame, they were both kicked out of a game in 2019 after a fierce feud escalated into a couple trying to put each other at a dead end.
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He then fell on social media with a series of verbal piercings and each ended up being hit with two game suspensions for both “change in court” and “continuous escalation” on the internet.
So, of course, the two had a point to prove again on Sunday, with the Towns being the first to make a statement when they welcomed Embiid back by putting him on a one-handed poster.
The quadruple All-Star, however, was quick to get one back after committing a foul on the Towns while draining a bucker, making sure to inform his opponent with a string of carrots.
Embiid also got a fantastic one during the game after hitting Towns.
Social media absorbed every moment of rivalry.
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It was only added to an unexpectedly fun game between two teams at opposite ends of their respective conferences.
After a poor shooting performance in Philadelphia’s recent win over Cleveland, Ben Simmons improved greatly with a 5-of-9 from the floor.
He finished with 14 points, six assists and eight rebounds.
But Tobias Harris climbed a lot and reached the top of the Sixers with 32 points, four assists and rebounds.
Embiid had a vital 24 points in the return game.
The Towns, however, proved to be a tough defensive game for Embiid, with 39 points and 14 rebounds, assisted by Anthony Edwards (27 points) to keep the game close.
JAZZ MAKES HISTORY
Meanwhile, another title contender made a big statement as the Utah Jazz set an NBA record of 3 points in a 137-91 victory over the Orlando Magic.
Utah hit 18 three-pointers in the first half to claim a piece of NBA history, with Ace Joe Ingles hitting four in the first five minutes of the game.
The Jazz ended up shooting 26 out of 55 (47.3 percent) from beyond the arc, while the Magic connected with just two of the 23 (8.7 percent) deep shots.
Donovan Mitchell surpassed the score for Utah (22 points) while Ingles added 17 points and six rebounds.
UNWANTED PANELS OFFERS
Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers arm team finished a losing goal in a game with an exciting 139-133 overtime victory over the San Antonio Spurs.
Caris LeVert led with 26 points, while Domantas Sabonis, Malcolm Brogdon and Jeremy Lamb remained on the sidelines.
Aaron Holiday, Myles Turner and TJ McConnell also had 18 points each with the latter two combined for 11 points in overtime.
The Aussie Patty Mills had 16 points for the Spurs, while DeMar DeRozan, Keldon Johnson and Dejounte Murray had 65 points each in defeat.
“We just can’t drop 139 points,” San Antonio coach Greg Popovic said after the game.
“The 139 points killed us. End of story. “