PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid had 39 points and the Philadelphia 76ers beat Brooklyn 123-117 in an anticipated matchup that fizzled with the Nets missing their biggest stars.
The Sixers moved into first place in the Eastern Conference in a game played without James Harden, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge.
The Sixers improved to 21-5 at home.
Kyrie Irving scored 37 points for the Nets.
Harden is out with a strained right hamstring and Durant got a night off after playing 27 minutes against Minnesota.
The 76ers will host the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night at 7:00 p.m.