Joel Embiid's grotesque finger injury suffered during Philadelphia's NBA win over Oklamoha City left his 76ers teammate Ben Simmons feeling sick to the stomach.
Embiid's left ring finger overlapped his pinkie to the point that it seemed he had his fingers crossed.
"I nearly threw up when I saw that," Simmons said.
Simmons' stomach was soon settled and so were the Sixers when Embiid, hurt in the first quarter, needed nothing more than a quick trip to the locker room and some tape before he returned for the start of the second.
"I felt my finger snapping and I thought I fractured it," Embiid said.
"They did some X-rays and said it was nothing."
The All-Star centre played through the unsightly injury to score 18 points while Simmons was just two assists shy of a triple-double.
The Australian had 17 points and 15 rebounds while Josh Richardson had a team high 23 points as Philadelphia snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the Thunder 120-113.
"I'm glad he came back out," Simmons said.
"We needed him. He's a big part of this team."
Simmons had another solid game without a basket beyond 22 feet.
His only two career threes have come this season and after he made one in a December 7 win against Cleveland, coach Brett Brown implored Simmons to shoot more of them.
Brown acknowledged Simmons has disregarded his request.
"Evidently, I have failed," Brown said.
"It's something that we're all mindful and this is one of these things that is never going to go away.
"The attention that this has received is remarkable. I guess I helped fuel it."
The 76ers lost all four games on a trip that knocked them down the eastern conference standings while OKC had won five straight.
Bojan Bogdanovic scored 35 points while Aussie Joe Ingles added 22 to drive Utah to a league-best sixth win in a row, 128-126 victors over New Orleans.
Brandon Ingram scored 35 points for the Pelicans but could not convert a driving lay-up attempt at the horn while being defended by Rudy Gobert.
The Jazz are the hottest team in the NBA having won 11 of their past 12 to confirm their status as a western conference contenders.
Boomers guard Patty Mills made six of San Antonio's season-high 19 three-pointers as they upset Milwaukee 126-104 to snap the Bucks' five-game winning streak.
DeMar DeRozan led all scorers with 25 points as the Spurs hold on to eighth place in the west.
The Bucks, whose last loss was December 25 at Philadelphia, maintain the league's best record at 32-6.
Elsewhere, Nikola Jokic scored a career-high 47 points to guide Denver to a 123-115 defeat of Atlanta.
An NBA-leading 11th triple-double from Luka Doncic (38 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists) led Dallas past Chicago 118-110.
Boston slumped to a shock 99-94 loss to Washington and Golden State coach Steve Kerr was ejected in the second quarter of the Warriors' 111-98 defeat to Sacramento Kings.