Joel Embiid had 23 points and seven rebounds before leaving with a hyper-extended left knee in the third quarter as the visiting Philadelphia 76ers breezed past the Washington Wizards 127-101 on Friday.
Shake Milton and Furkan Korkmaz contributed 18 points apiece off the bench while Tobias Harris added 14 points and eight rebounds. Seth Curry also had 14 points and Danny Green had 12 for the Sixers, who recorded their third consecutive road victory.
The Sixers also won at Washington in the regular season for the first time since November of 2013.
Australian Ben Simmons missed his second straight game due to contact tracing.
Russell Westbrook led the Wizards with 25 points, eight assists and five rebounds while Bradley Beal added 19 points despite being questionable before the game with left knee soreness. Robin Lopez had 10.
Philadelphia led 63-53 at half-time thanks in large part to Embiid’s 19 points.
The Sixers received a major scare when Embiid limped to the locker room with 6:20 left in the third.
After throwing down a dunk, Embiid appeared to land awkwardly on his left knee. The Cameroonian stayed down for several minutes with head athletic trainer Kevin Johnson tending to him.
The Sixers, however, still dominated the third and led 94-76 at the end of the quarter. They controlled the tempo the rest of the way in the blowout victory.
In Salt Lake City, the Jazz continued their dominance in the Western Conference with an easy 114-99 win over struggling Houston Rockets.
Donovan Mitchell had 28 points for the table leaders, Joe Ingles slotting eight from the bench while Kevin Porter Jr had 27 for the 14th-placed Rockets.
In Memphis, Nikola Jokic had 28 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists and scored Denver’s final five points to help the Nuggets hold off the Memphis Grizzlies 103-102.
Memphis had a chance to take the lead with about three seconds remaining when guard Ja Morant went to the rim against Jokic but came up short against the Denver centre. The Nuggets then ran out the clock for their fifth straight victory.
It was a strong all-round performance by San Antonio who cruised to a 104-77 win over Orlando Magic, the Spurs led by Rudy Gay with 19 points while Patty Mills had 13.
In the last of the early matches, Brandon Ingram scored 28 points, Zion Williamson added 23 and the New Orleans Pelicans bounced back from a lopsided loss with a 116-82 rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Also, Miami beat Chicago 101-90 and the Lakers edged the Pacers 105-100.