Suns survive heave from 76ers' Embiid

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Joel Embiid has grabbed a two-handed rebound, turned and heaved a near full-court right-handed hail mary that banked off the glass and rattled off the front and back of the rim and out.

The Philadelphia 76ers centre was left flat on his back in disbelief over the near make that would have sent the NBA game against the visiting Phoenix Suns to overtime.

"It would have made for a long flight, long night and not a lot of sleep," Suns coach Monty Williams said.

Rest easy, Phoenix.

The Suns walked off winners on the road for the second time this week against one of the top teams in the east, having done likewise in Milwaukee.

Paul scored 28 points to lead Phoenix to a 116-113 victory over the short-handed Sixers.

Embiid had 38 points and 17 rebounds and one oh-so close shot.

"When I threw it, it looked good," Embiid said.

Paul, a near faultless free-throw shooter, missed one from the line that would have sealed the win instead of giving Embiid a glimmer of highlight-reel hope.

"If you're up three, I always want to make the free throw to go up four," Paul said.

"That shot was in-and-out. I ain't never seen anything like it."

The Sixers - who lead the eastern conference - again played without starters Ben Simmons (unspecified illness) and Tobias Harris (right knee), and Seth Curry joined them on the sidelines.

The Suns improved their NBA-best road record to 19-7 and are second overall at 42-16 - just behind their western conference rivals Utah who overwhelmed the Houston Rockets 112-89.

Australian ace Joe Ingles and Jordan Clarkson combined for 10 3-pointers for the Jazz, finishing with 21 and 22 points respectively.

Both are contenders for the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year Award, although Ingles has played plenty of minutes as a starter covering for guards Mike Conley and Donovan Mitchell.

"I've never in my life thought about it," Ingles said about coming off the bench.

"It doesn't affect me or my thought going into a game, and I'd feel pretty confident saying the same for (Clarkson)."

Meanwhile, Stephen Curry had his first rough night for Golden State in a month as the Washington Wizards beat the Warriors 118-114 for their season-best sixth straight victory.

Coming off an historic 11-game stretch in which he made 78 3-pointers to be the NBA's scoring leader this season, Curry scored 18 points on 7-of-25 shooting, including 2 of 14 on 3s.