In a physical fourth quarter of Game 6, Joel Embiid and John Collins had to be separated following a brutal offensive foul.
Embiid pulled down an offensive board, and when he went back up, he hit Collins hard in the face. Of course, Collins didn’t like Embiid landing on him on top of all that, so he reacted with a shove. Embiid didn’t like that either, and the fact that Trae Young came in and pushed him from behind certainly didn’t help matters, even if he was just sticking up for his teammate.
As you can see, the situation escalated quickly. And yes, hockey fans, this a fight by NBA standards.
Embiid was rightly given an offensive foul and both players were assessed a technical.
Embiid and Collins scuffle in Game 6
No doubt, Collins’ earlier alley-oop throw-down on top of Embiid only added fuel to the fire. When a series goes this long, there’s always beef. Thankfully, at least no one got injured in the commotion — there have been more than enough injuries in the playoffs already.
In the end, the Sixers got the job done, holding on down the stretch for a 104-99 victory. The series will head back to Philadelphia for Game 7.
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