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76ers get last laugh with Deandre Ayton, Joel Embiid drawing

Nov 19, 2018, 8:11 PM | Updated: Nov 20, 2018, 8:20 am

There was a lot of hype surrounding the inaugural matchup between Phoenix Suns rookie center Deandre Ayton and Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid, and it goes beyond a No. 1 pick facing off with an MVP candidate.

A picture Ayton drew of himself dunking on Embiid went viral on Twitter in August and it caught Embiid’s attention.

Now, there was already a little spice there previously on draft night when Embiid didn’t take too kindly to the comparisons between himself and Ayton.

Then in late September, Embiid didn’t hesitate to mention Ayton again when he was asked about Ayton on ESPN’s The Jump during a segment with the question “Who do you like talking trash to the most?”

“He’s about to get his (expletive) kicked this year,” Embiid responded.

With fireworks expected when the two got physical in the post, that did not come to reality.

The Suns’ Twitter page, though, did their best to show Ayton getting the best of Embiid.

The photo shown is on an alley-oop to Ayton in which Embiid was not in the vicinity.

Embiid proceeded to score 33 points and grab 17 rebounds in a win, which made it easy for the 76ers Twitter to counter with this at the end of the game.

Ayton had 17 points and nine rebounds in a losing effort.

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