Sixers C Embiid exits with facial contusion

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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid left Wednesday's game against the New York Knicks in the second quarter after suffering a facial contusion on a collision with teammate Markelle Fultz.

The injury occurred with 11:50 remaining in the first half. Fultz lobbed a pass off to Embiid, who lost control of the ball and instinctively bent down to recover it. When he did, Fultz, still in motion, hit Embiid in the face with his shoulder, sending himself and the All-Star center to the court.

While Fultz got right back up, Embiid stayed down and was escorted off by head athletic trainer Kevin Johnson. While they made their way to the locker room, cameras caught the 24-year-old bending over in pain once he cleared the doors to the hallway.

The Sixers announced that Embiid wouldn't return to the contest. Embiid went through concussion protocol and was cleared, according to the Philly Voice.

Embiid had five points and three rebounds in nine minutes before suffering the injury. Entering Wednesday, he's averaged 23.2 points and 11.1 rebounds in 62 games this season.

The 76ers, 43-32 entering Wednesday, have already clinched a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

--Field Level Media