Joel Embiid Achieves 5th Career 30-Point Half, Surpassing All Centers in Play-by-Play Era

‣ Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers has recorded his fifth career 30-point half, a feat no other center has achieved more than twice in the play-by-play era since 1996-97.
‣ Embiid is averaging 35.1 points, 11.7 rebounds, and 6.7 assists in games where he does not play in the fourth quarter this season.
‣ Despite Embiid’s impressive performance, NBA sportsbooks are showing better odds for the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks to win this season’s championship.


Joel Embiid, the star of the Philadelphia 76ers, made history on Wednesday night. He recorded his fifth career 30-point half during a 129-111 victory over the Detroit Pistons. This feat is quite an achievement, considering no other center in the play-by-play era (since 1996-97) has logged more than two.

Embiid’s performance was nothing short of spectacular. The six-time All-Star ended the night with 41 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, and two steals in just 32 minutes of action. He’s 29, and his shooting from the floor was 14-of-24 (58.3%). Plus, he made all 12 free throws.

According to a handful of NBA betting sites, the 76ers have the seventh-shortest odds to win this season’s championship. Interestingly, the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks are shown to have better odds.

Joel Embiid’s stats in the first half were impressive. He scored 30 points, made 10 rebounds, and had a field goal percentage of 10-15. This marked Embiid’s 5th career 30-point half.

Nick Nurse, the 76ers coach, had some words to say about Embiid. “He’s been in that vibe on game days, non-game days and everything lately,” Nurse said. “And he’s scoring in a lot of different ways, which is good. He’s giving [defenses] some variety and unpredictability.”

Embiid has been on a roll. He’s scored at least 30 points in each of the last nine-straight games, dating back to Nov. 17. This nine-game streak is the longest this season and is the second-longest in his career. Last season, the eight-year veteran posted 30 or more points in 10 consecutive games.

Embiid’s average stats are impressive too. He’s averaging 35.1 points, 11.7 rebounds, and 6.7 assists in games where he does not play in the fourth quarter this season. Through 20 games, the 7-footer has sat out of the fourth quarter seven times.

In a recent game against Washington on Dec. 6, Embiid notched a season-high 50 points, 13 rebounds, and seven assists in 39 minutes played. The 76ers also dropped 39 points on the Pistons in the opening quarter Wednesday. They led 70-56 at halftime. Despite Detroit outscoring the Sixers 31-25 in the final frame, they couldn’t overcome Embiid’s 30-point first half.

Unfortunately for Detroit, they suffered their 21st straight loss. This matches their longest streak in franchise history, set at the end of the 1979-80 season and start of 1980-81. It’s the sixth-longest single-season losing streak in the NBA.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, only a few teams have lost more games in a row in a season. These include the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers and the 2013-14 Sixers (both lost 26 straight), along with the 1995-96 Vancouver Grizzlies, the 1997-98 Denver Nuggets, and the 2011-12 Charlotte Bobcats (all lost 23 in a row). Philadelphia holds the overall mark of 28, set at the end of 2014-15 and start of 2015-16.

NBA sportsbooks are showing Joel Embiid with the third-best odds to win his second MVP award. Oddsmakers are giving better odds to two-time MVP Nikola Jokic and Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic.

James Shotwell
James Shotwell
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