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The Sixers Got Blown out by the Jazz, but Joel Embiid Was Still Alright

That was ugly.

Joel Embiid had 14 points and nine rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers fell to 0-6 following a 109-84 blowout loss to the Utah Jazz on Monday night at Wells Fargo Center.

The highlights were few and far between, but the 7’2 Cameroonian still sprinkled in a few over his 19 minutes of action. He was 4-of-8 from the field and 6-of-9 from the foul line.

Rudy Gobert did an outstanding job on Embiid, stifling him around the rim. Embiid was more effective in the second half.

Jahlil Okafor, who played 22 minutes, led the Sixers with 15 points on 7-of-14 efficiency.

Robert Covington, who came in shooting just 16.7 percent on the season, was 4-of-5 from the floor and 3-of-4 from beyond the arc and netted 12 points.

Gordon Hayward posted 20 points and seven rebounds, Rodney Hood poured in 18 and Derrick Favors added 16 points and 14 boards for the Jazz, who improved to 5-3 on the year.

Utah led 30-24 after a quarter of play and 52-43 at the break.

Covington knocked down a 3-pointer at the 7:56 mark of the third to get the Sixers within 60-54, but they didn’t tally another field goal until Embiid’s drive from the top of the key and hook in the paint with 1:00 to go in the frame.

Dante Exum’s trey in the waning seconds of the third staked the Jazz to a 77-61 advantage heading into the fourth, where they led by as many as 28 en route to the easy win.

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