Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid out-duelled Denver’s two-time reigning MVP Nikola Jokic and the Boston Celtics edged the Los Angeles Lakers 125-121 in overtime as rivalries took centre stage in the NBA on Sunday (AEDT).
The Lakers led by seven midway through the fourth quarter, but Jaylen Brown converted a three-point play to tie it up at 105-105 with 4.1 seconds left.
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He went on to score 11 points in the extra session after LeBron James’s drive to the basket at the end of regulation ended in a miss, with James and the Lakers pleading for a foul call after Jayson Tatum appeared to brush his arm.
The call didn’t come and Boston prevailed despite a 41-point performance from James, who was visibly…