Joel Embiid of 76ers Hits 19th Consecutive 30-Point Game, Surpasses Elgin Baylor’s NBA Record

‣ Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers has broken a record by posting his 19th consecutive game with 30 or more points, making it the sixth-longest streak in NBA history.
‣ Embiid and Tyrese Maxey have become the first duo to record eight 30-point games in a season, surpassing the record originally set by Wilt Chamberlain and Hal Greer.
‣ Embiid is averaging 35.1 points, 11.4 rebounds, and 5.9 assists in 30 games this season, making him just the fourth player in NBA history to average at least 35 points and 10 rebounds through his first 30 games of a season.

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Joel Embiid, the center for the Philadelphia 76ers, is on a roll. He’s just notched up his 19th game in a row with 30 or more points. This happened during Friday’s 124-109 victory over the Orlando Magic, and it’s a big deal. Why? Because it breaks a tie with Elgin Baylor for the sixth-longest streak in NBA history.

Only two players, Wilt Chamberlain and James Harden, have ever recorded longer streaks. Chamberlain, in particular, is a legend in this regard. He holds the top-four longest streaks for games with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds.

Let’s talk odds for a moment. According to multiple NBA betting sites, the 76ers are not the favorites to win this season’s championship. Better odds are being given to the Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee Bucks, and Los Angeles Clippers.

Embiid, who’s 29, had a fantastic game against Orlando. He racked up 36 points, seven rebounds, two assists, and a season-high four steals. He was on fire in the first half, scoring 28 of his points then.

The 7-footer shot well too, making 12-of-22 (54.5%) from the floor and 1-of-2 (50%) beyond the arc. Plus, he made all 11 free throws in 31 minutes of action. He didn’t play in the fourth quarter, but he’d already done plenty.

Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey, his teammate, are making history together. They’ve become the first duo to record eight 30-point games in a season. They’ve passed the mark originally set by Sixers duo Chamberlain and Hal Greer in the 1965-66 season.

Embiid thinks highly of Maxey. He says, “When the fourth quarter comes along, that’s his time. That’s who we should trust with the ball. He’s our best player, so we’ve got to make sure he gets the ball so he can score and make plays for everybody else.”

The Sixers are doing well with Embiid in the lineup, especially on the road. They’ve won their ninth straight road game with him. Without him, they’re 2-6 away. Maxey is also on a roll, scoring 20 or more points in 11 straight games.

Nick Nurse, the 76ers coach, is impressed. He says, “That’s a cool stat, for sure. Some incredible players there. I still say there’s a lot more ceiling there, especially with Tyrese. But they should be a pretty good combo for a while.”

Embiid’s stats this season are impressive. He’s averaging 35.1 points, 11.4 rebounds, and 5.9 assists in 30 games. He’s only the fourth player in NBA history to average at least 35 points and 10 rebounds through his first 30 games of a season.

Embiid now has 1,053 points through 30 games this season. That’s the 10th-most points scored by an NBA player in their first 30 games of a season in NBA history. Only five players have more — Chamberlain (5x), Michael Jordan (2x), Baylor (1961-62), Barry (1966-67), and Harden (2019-20).

Chamberlain and Embiid are the only centers to ever accomplish this feat. It’s safe to say, Embiid is in good company.

James Shotwell
James Shotwell
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