Philadelphia beat Nets in NBA

AP

Joel Embiid has scored 20 points and the Philadelphia 76ers earned their 10th victory to match their total from last season, beating the Brooklyn Nets 105-95.

The 76ers broke it open with a 17-2 surge in the fourth quarter to win the clash between the NBA's two worst teams and improve to 10-25 in their first season with former lottery picks Embiid and Dario Saric.

They were 10-72 in 2015-16, just off their own record for worst finish in the 82-game schedule.

Embiid has looked at the standings and seen the 76ers are eight games back of eighth place in the Eastern Conference, and believes that should be a goal.

"I think we have a chance. We've been hot lately," he said.

"We've won three out of four lately, so I look at it and I think we have a chance and we're really figuring things out. We're starting to learn how to win games."

Embiid did his damage without even reaching the 28-minute restriction he was limited to as he recovers from a series of foot injuries that delayed his NBA debut for two years.

He left the court to chants of "Trust the Process!" in a nod to what he and others reminded fans while the Sixers lost big during Sam Hinkie's rebuilding plan.