NBA Christmas Day: Winners and Losers

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Let’s look at some winners and losers from a packed day of basketball…

Winner: The Harden-Embiid Partnership

Amid rumors, he could be back with the Rockets, James Harden combined with Joel Embiid for another impressive performance on Sunday. The Beard and The Process (the worst comic book duo of all time) combined for 64 points on 19-of-38 shooting, while Harden added 13 assists. After some struggles early in the season (mostly due to injuries), the Sixers are now at the top of the East. Philly is just two games behind No. 1 Boston in the losing column, despite Embiid and Harden only playing 15 games together. And in those 15 games, the team has a stellar net rating of 9.8 with their all-star duo on the ground. Both have playoff demons to answer for in the spring. It would be unfair to say that these two haven’t impressed to close out 2022, though.