The first basketball game Embiid watched was during the 2010 Finals between the Lakers and Boston Celtics, an experience that introduced him to Bryant, the guard whose indefatigable style captivated the NBA newbie. "That was also when I fell in love with basketball," Embiid said. "That's why he became my favorite player.
The Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat have clinched playoff spots but when the two meet Thursday night in South Florida, postseason seeding will be on the minds of both. Philadelphia (47-22) had a chance to clinch the top spot in the Eastern Conference on Tuesday but saw its eight-game winning streak end with a 103-94 loss to the host Indiana Pacers. The 76ers could clinch the No.
The Sixers didn't play their best. But look at what happened in the last 1:10, when there wasn't a point scored by either team. In particular, consider the last two New Orleans possessions.