Joel Embiid Scores Seventh 50+ Point Game in 76ers Victory over Timberwolves

‣ The Sixers defeated the Western Conference’s first place, Minnesota, with Joel Embiid scoring a season-high 51 points and winning 12 rebounds.
‣ Embiid became the first player with 12 straight games with 30+ points and 10+ rebounds since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1972 and the first Sixer since Wilt Chamberlain to record three consecutive games with 40+ points and 10+ rebounds.
‣ Rising star Tyrese Maxey contributed with 35 points for the 76ers, impressing both Embiid and Coach Nick Nurse with his performance.

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The Sixers showed up and showed out this Wednesday. They took down the Western Conference’s top dog, thanks to an electrifying performance by Joel Embiid. The man was on fire, clocking a season-high 51 points and snagging 12 rebounds. The result? A 127-113 victory over NBA-best Minnesota. That’s their seventh win in eight games, folks.

Embiid wasn’t just good; he was historic. He’s the first player to have 12 straight games with 30+ points and 10+ rebounds since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did it back in ’72. And get this – he’s the first Sixer since Wilt Chamberlain to record three consecutive games with 40+ points and 10+ rebounds. Talk about being in good company.

But wait, there’s more. This wasn’t just any game for Embiid. It marked the seventh 50+ point performance of his career. Yeah, you read that right. Seventh.

Tyrese Maxey, Embiid’s teammate, wasn’t surprised. “He does it every night so consistently,” Maxey said. “We expect it of him and he goes out there and performs every single night.”

Embiid saw this victory as a kind of payback. Last month, the Sixers lost to Minnesota, and he couldn’t play because of a hip injury. “That’s one of the best teams in the league and the best in the West,” he said. “We felt like we had to get them back and I’m glad everybody just showed up.”

The 29-year-old, who lifted his squad’s lead in the final minutes of the game, remains the NBA’s top scorer with 34.4 points per match. Maxey, on the other hand, contributed with 35 points for the 76ers and took on his team’s offensive responsibilities when Embiid had to rest.

“All-Star starter,” the seven-footer said of his co-star. “He has been doing that all season. Just give him the ball and he has been carrying us every single fourth quarter. You see what happens when he’s impressive.”

Maxey’s response? “He puts the responsibility on me because he believes in me. I go out there and try to put in the work and help him as much as I possibly can.”

Coach Nick Nurse also had words of praise for the star duo’s chemistry but mostly gave props to Maxey’s assertiveness. Embiid wasn’t the only player impressed with rising star Tyrese Maxey, who dropped 5 three-pointers during the match and added 5 rebounds to his tally. After the contest, his coach Nick Nurse delivered praise for his young point guard.

“I like when he turns the corner and he looks down there and he’s got a runway, but he still sees Gobert there,” the trainer said, “and he just throws on the jets and jumps in the air and goes at him. … That’s the kind of aggressiveness that we’re talking about. There’s [an] opening. There’s space, man.”

Coach Nurse continued on about Maxey: “You’ve got to attack downhill and figure it out later, not sit there and say, ‘Oh, I don’t want to go out there against him.’ And then all of a sudden, the play stalls and the guy’s back in front and they’re all back to their man. … That was awesome. That was the best he’s done that tonight.”

James Shotwell
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