After the classic battle there was an interesting exchange between Russell Westbrook and Joel Embiid, as the two exchanged waves (and a few words).
In the fourth quarter, Embiid drew an and-one on Anthony, but Anthony didn't appreciate how enthusiastically Embiid reacted.
"I was telling him to go home", Westbrook said. Also during the first overtime, Embiid blocked Russell Westbrook's driving attempt at a game victor. However, the real fireworks began when Embiid waved at Steven Adams after he collected his sixth foul during the second overtime.
Embiid brushed off Westbrook's wave and took a shot at the Thunder guard's stats.
Never one to back down from getting taken down an insult, Embiid shot back with a dig at Westbrook's inefficient scoring night, which included 23 missed shot.More news: What Next for Range Resources Corporation (RRC) Stock After Today's Big Decline?
THAT was fun, wasn't it?
Joel Embiid led the Sixers (14-14) with 34 points while playing a career-high 48 minutes.
Few players play harder than Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook, who struggled through a bad shooting night on Wednesday but still managed to record a triple-double and lead his team to a 100-95 win at Indiana.
Friday night's insane triple overtime back and forth may have been the game of the year and if you asked LeBron James, he would probably agree. Coach Billy Donovan was drilled in the face on an errant no-look pass - as in, Donovan wasn't looking - by Sixers forward Richaun Holmes. I wish I would had shot 33 times.
Following a turnover by Simmons, Westbrook knocked down a short jumper for a 111-109 lead with 1:33 left, but Embiid scorted to tie it.More news: Automatic Data Processing (NASDAQ:ADP) Lifted to Buy at Bank of America
ESPN covered the team from morning to night in what the network dubbed "Philadelphia All Access". Aaron Gordon, who was returning to the Magic lineup after missing two games with a concussion, limped off the court with 7:45 left in the game with a strained calf.
Both Carmelo Anthony and Paul George had 24 points, with Anthony rediscovering his shooting touch, making 11 of 17 from the field.
In arguably the game of the National Basketball Association season so far, the Thunder finally prevailed 119-117 after the two sides had gone basket-to-basket during overtime. Anthony had struggled headed into Friday's game, averaging just 17.7 points on 40 per cent shooting. He made just four of 21 shots. I have been grinding my whole life.
Adams, Westbrook, JJ Redick and Simmons all played 50-plus minutes.
76ers: Play Monday at Chicago.More news: Active Volume Stock: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ:MRVL)