Joel Embiid scored 32 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the 76ers over the Houston Rockets 121-93 in Philadelphia on Monday night.

The Sixers, who were playing without the injured Jimmy Butler (sore wrist), have won eight of their past 11 games.

"I love playing against guys you guys say are better than me," Embiid said, referring to the press.

James Harden was held to ''just'' 37 points but played only 31 minutes because of the rout. Harden had scored 48, 58 and 57 points in his past three games but has 20 straight games of at least 30.

Portland 109, Utah 104: Damian Lillard scored 26 points and Jusuf Nurkic had 17 in the third quarter to lift the Trail Blazers over the Jazz in Salt Lake City. The Blazers shot 50 percent and piled up 30 assists in stopping Utah's six-game winning streak. Nurkic finished with 22 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and six blocks. CJ McCollum added 14 points for Portland, which has won seven of nine.

Boston 107, Miami 99: Kyrie Irving had 26 points and 10 assists as the Celtics beat the Heat in Boston for their fourth straight victory. Irving has had 20 or more points and 10 or more assists in 11 game this season, the first Celtic to accomplish the feat since Hall of Famer Larry Bird, who also had 11 in 1986-87.

Milwaukee 116, Dallas 106: Giannis Antetokounmpo had 31 points and 15 rebounds, and the Bucks beat the Mavericks in Milwaukee. The Bucks have won 12 of 14. Luka Doncic had 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for Dallas.

New Orleans 105, Memphis 85: Jrue Holiday and Nikola Mirotic scored 21 points, Jahlil Okafor and Julius Randle had 20, and the balanced Pelicans topped the Grizzlies without injured star Anthony Davis, who is out one to two weeks because of a sprained finger.

Brooklyn 123, Sacramento 94: D'Angelo Russell had 31 points and eight assists, and the surging Nets won their fourth straight game by running away from the Kings in the second half in New York. Russell made seven three-pointers. The Nets won for the 17th time in 22 games.

Oklahoma City 127, New York 109: Paul George scored 31 and Russell Westbrook had 17 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists as the visiting Thunder rolled.

Chicago 104, Cleveland 88: Zach LaVine scored 25 points as the Bulls broke a 10-game losing streak, beating Cleveland in a meeting of teams that began the day with the worst records in the NBA.

Carmelo to Bulls: The Rockets are trading Carmelo Anthony and an undisclosed amount of cash to the Bulls in a deal that is expected to be completed Tuesday. Anthony will not wind up playing for the Bulls, and will be either traded or released.

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