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Joel Embiid joins Kobe Bryant in elite list of scorers and surpasses LeBron James

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Joel Embiid made NBA history by scoring a franchise-record 70 points for the Philadelphia 76ers in their 133-123 win against the San Antonio Spurs. This marked the highest individual scoring performance of the season. In addition to his scoring feat, Embiid set a career high with 18 rebounds too. He surpassed Wilt Chamberlain’s 76ers record of 68 points from 1967. He accomplished this with an impressive 24-of-41 field goal shooting, including 1-of-2 from beyond the arc, and a remarkable 21-of-23 free throws.

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Joel Embiid in disbelief that he’s surpassed Wilt Chamberlain’s record

In the post-game interview, Joel Embiid expressed disbelief that Wilt Chamberlain had not achieved such a feat, citing Chamberlain’s legendary career. He commented “Wilt [Chamberlain] never did this? I don’t believe that. Some of those world records we still got to see but I’m sure Wilt, he’s done it.”

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Wilt Chamberlain has 15 games with at least 65 points but failed to record more than five assists in those performances. Michael Jordan set the previous standard on March 28, 1990, with 69 points, 18 rebounds, six assists, four steals, and one block against the Cleveland Cavaliers in an overtime win. In contrast, Joel Embiid’s remarkable achievement came without the need for an extra period. By the end of the third quarter, he had accumulated 59 points, tying his previous career-high, along with 15 rebounds and four assists.

Joel Embiid dominated the San Antonio Spurs, showcasing his unstoppable “bully ball” in the first half with 34 points and 10 rebounds. Whether facing double- or triple-teams, Spurs had no answers for him. The game against the Spurs saw Embiid dominating every aspect, even against Victor Wembanyama, the NBA season leader in blocks.

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Joel Embiid had a tremendous game as he terrorized the opponents

Joel Embiid returned to the game with 6:38 remaining and Philadelphia leading 118-104. Unrelenting, he continued scoring both inside and out, reaching his 65th point with a pull-up jumper, surpassing Giannis Antetokounmpo’s previous season-high of 64 points.

Joel Embiid tied Wilt Chamberlain’s 76ers record of 68 points with a free throw at 1:57 remaining, and moments later, he secured the record with a coast-to-coast layup, reaching 70 points at 1:41 remaining. The 76ers called a timeout, allowing Embiid to exit the game and bask in the moment, receiving a standing ovation from the crowd.

Joel Embiid joins an elite group as the ninth player in NBA history to achieve such a scoring feat. Notably, this milestone occurred on the 18th anniversary of Kobe Bryant’s legendary career-high 81-point performance. With this record, he surpasses LeBron James too, who has a career-high of 61 points against the Charlotte Bobcats in 2014.

Joel Embiid is in a tight MVP race with Nikola Jokić, with both players winning the last three MVP trophies. Embiid’s recent monster performance, including a historic 70-point game and a prior impressive showing against Jokić, likely gives him an edge as the NBA reaches the midpoint of the season.

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Saswata Saha
Saswata Saha
I'm a sports enthusiast with a strong interest in pursuing a career in sports. I watch most of the sports and try to analyse it for a better understanding.
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