Joel Embiid discusses scuffle between Georges Niang, Shake Milton in win
PHILADELPHIA–The Philadelphia 76ers were able to pick up an impressive 126-119 win over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday afternoon where Joel Embiid impressed once again with 47 points and 18 rebounds to lead the way. The Sixers trailed by 15 twice and they were able to rally and win the game.
There was some drama for the Sixers, though, as Georges Niang and Shake Milton botched a 2-on-1 fast break in the second quarter. Milton had a steal and he and Niang had the advantage against Zeke Nnaji of the Nuggets. Milton didn’t get it to Niang and the two of them argued about the play heading into the timeout.
Embiid, who got into it with Milton back in the 2020 bubble, sat Niang down and he had a message for his teammates.
“I just told both of them to let it go,” said Embiid. “That we had a (expletive) game to win. I think it’s also good for the team. It’s not a bad thing. When guys get into it with each other, it makes us better. I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing when teammates are going at each other.”
Georges Niang : 14 points on 5-9 shooting & 4-7 from 3 in 19 minutes off the bench
Shake Milton : 2 points on 1-3 shooting & 2 assists in 15 minutes off the bench pic.twitter.com/qXEp9nCVcB
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“After the game, we were all laughing so it is what it is. I think those guys, you look at when Georges had a couple of 3s in the second half, I think some of them came from Shake,” Embiid added. “That’s how basketball goes and you move on that, but at the end of the day, the end goal is to win the game and we did.”
Afterward, Niang took to Instagram to post a picture of he and Milton to let everybody know that everything is A-OK in Philadelphia after the win.
The Sixers will now look to build off of this win and keep things going when they take on the Orlando Magic on Monday for the first of two.
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