PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid put on a show with his father in the stands for the first time this season, collecting 26 points and 14 rebounds while leading the Philadelphia 76ers to a 117-91 win over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.

Embiid's spin move into a one-handed jam earned a smile and applause from Thomas Embiid, a colonel in the Cameroon military who is visiting from the family's home country and plans to spend a few weeks with his MVP candidate son. Growing up, Embiid had to convince his father that basketball wasn't a dangerous game and he didn't have to abide by Thomas' wishes of becoming an elite volleyball player.

Embiid had 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the first half alone. He finished with his NBA-best 21st double-double and helped the Sixers improve to 11-1 at home.

Enes Kanter and Mario Hezonja each scored 17 points for the Knicks.

TIMBERWOLVES 128, SPURS 89 — Robert Covington scored 21 points, Karl-Anthony Towns and Derrick Rose each had 16 and host Minnesota routed San Antonio. The Timberwolves (11-11) earned their fourth straight win to get to .500 for the first time since Oct. 31. Taj Gibson scored 13 points, and rookie Josh Okogie made three 3-pointers on his way to 12 points. Minnesota led by as many as 48 before settling for its largest margin of victory against San Antonio in team history.

MAVERICKS 128, ROCKETS 108 — Rookie Luka Doncic and Devin Harris each scored 20 points as Dallas beat host Houston despite a triple-double by Rockets star James Harden. Harden had 25 points, 17 assists and 11 rebounds. Houston dropped its fourth in a row after winning a season-high five straight.

PELICANS 125, WIZARDS 104 — Anthony Davis had 28 points and 15 rebounds as host New Orleans snapped a four-game skid with a win over Washington. Jrue Holiday scored 29 points and Julius Randle added 23 points and 12 rebounds for New Orleans. Tim Frazier had 12 points and 12 assists in his third start of the season. Nikola Mirotic added 15 points and nine rebounds. Kelly Oubre Jr. and Markieff Morris each scored 22 for the Wizards, who trailed by 20 at halftime and never got closer than 11 in the second half.

JAZZ 101, NETS 91 — Donovan Mitchell returned from a two-game absence with 29 points, taking over down the stretch and leading Utah over host Brooklyn. Mitchell showed no effects from his bruised ribs, scoring 12 points in the final 5:42 to help Utah seize control of a close game. Rudy Gobert had 23 points and 16 rebounds for the Jazz. Spencer Dinwiddie scored 18 points off the bench for the Nets, who dropped their season-high fourth straight.