Despite being under-manned after their win over the Clippers, the Sixers found a way to hold off a late Suns rally.

Without Jimmy Butler and Wilson Chandler, Joel Embiid put the team on his back with 42 points and 18 rebounds, plus three steals and two blocks as the Sixers won 132-127 last night in Phoenix. Embiid had a fantastic first half with 30 points and 14 rebounds.

The Sixers led by as much as 30 in the third quarter, and they somehow nearly lost it late in the game. Ben Simmons had 29 points and JJ Redick had 27. After that, Furkan Korkmaz added 10.

They come home after posting a 3-2 record on the holiday trip. That’s better than the Flyers. They’re back home to take on Dallas on Saturday.

The Roundup:

Get yourself ready for the day with the latest episode of the Crossing Broadcast.

The Eagles continue to get ready for Sunday’s wild catch matchup with the Bears. Here’s an “estimated” injury report:

The biggest news of news came from Alshon Jeffery saying the right things. And they were fantastic words.

Rasul Douglas has been playing better recently. You can thank Fletcher Cox for that:

“First start against Dallas, I knew I kind of missed a few tackles,” Douglas said. “Fletch came up to me and he tapped me on the chest and told me, ‘Man, we need all of you. Make some tackles, make some sure tackles,’ and I was like, ‘You’re right.’ And then I just started improving on it and made sure every chance I had to make a tackle I made it.”

Here’s five matchups to watch when the Eagles are on defense.

Kevin broke down the Birds by the numbers this year.

The Phillies appear to be landing a face-to-face meeting with Bryce Harper next week in Las Vegas. Are we getting closer?

Claude Giroux was named as the Flyers’ representative to the All-Star Game. Every team has to be represented.

Giroux and company return home after their holiday road trip tonight as they host the Hurricanes at 7 PM on NBC Sports Philadelphia.

Former Temple head coach (for a hot second) Manny Diaz apologized for leaving Temple I guess. But he also fired his entire offensive staff.

In other sports news, the Antonio Brown saga continues to get uglier.

Two Grizzlies players were involved in a fight last night in their locker room.

The NFL has named Caesars Entertainment as the league’s first casino sponsor.

“Mean” Gene Okerlund passed away.

In the news, a ShopRite is closing in West Philadelphia and the owner is blaming the city’s soda tax.

Expect stocks to fall today after Apple’s warning.