Joel Embiid Sets NBA Record with 13-Game 30-Point, 10-Rebound Streak Since 1971-72

Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid has extended his streak of 30-plus points and 10-plus rebounds to 13 games, the longest in the NBA since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the 1971-72 season.
‣ Embiid, the 2022-23 MVP, has set several NBA records this season, including being the first player to score 30-plus points in 20 of his first 25 games since Michael Jordan in 1986-87.
‣ Despite an ankle injury during a game against the Toronto Raptors, Embiid continued to play and is leading the NBA in points, free throws, player efficiency rating, win shares per 48 minutes, and usage percentage this season.

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Joel Embiid, the star of Philadelphia 76ers, didn’t let an ankle injury slow him down in the recent 121-111 victory over the Toronto Raptors. It was Friday night, and despite the pain, he managed to continue his streak of scoring 30-plus points and 10-plus rebounds. This marked his 13th game in a row achieving this feat. The last time someone in the NBA accomplished this was back in the 1971-72 season when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar posted 16 straight games.

Embiid’s performance against Toronto was nothing short of remarkable. The six-time All-Star logged 31 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, two steals, and four blocks in 35 minutes of play. A feat like this is rare, with only two other players in league history managing to score 30 points and 10 rebounds in at least 13 straight games. Those players were Elgin Baylor in the 1961-62 season and Wilt Chamberlain, who did it six different times.

According to several NBA betting sites, the 76ers have the sixth-best odds to win the championship this season. However, sportsbooks are showing better odds for the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference.

Embiid, the 2022-23 MVP, has been breaking records left and right this season. At 29 years old, he’s the first player to score 30-plus points in 20 of his first 25 games since Michael Jordan in 1986-87. He’s also the first player to record 850 points, 250 rebounds, and 150 assists through his first 25 games.

But that’s not all. The 76ers center is the fourth player to average 1 point per minute in at least 25 games in the shot-clock era. He joins the ranks of Chamberlain, James Harden, and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Plus, Embiid scored 30 points or more in 14 straight games, the most in the NBA since Harden notched 32 straight in 2018-19.

In other news, Embiid gave Sixers fans a scare during the opening quarter of Friday’s game. After scoring just two points, he headed to the locker room. But he returned in the second quarter and finished with 11 points at halftime. “I saw that I wasn’t being aggressive,” Embiid said. “But then I let the game come to me. I didn’t force shots and in the third quarter I was able to get a few shots to go.”

Sixers coach Nick Nurse confirmed it was an ankle injury. “Obviously, he stayed in the game, and it didn’t change his rotation at all,” Nurse said. “But he played through it and I’m pretty sure he’ll be sore tomorrow. We’ll have to monitor it over the next couple days before we get on the plane [to Miami].”

Through 25 starts this season, Embiid is averaging career highs of 35 points, 6.0 assists, and 1.2 steals, along with 11.7 rebounds and 34.2 minutes per game. The 7-footer is shooting 54% from the field, 35% outside the arc, and a career-best 89.3% at the foul line.

The three-time All-Defensive member leads the NBA in points (874) this season, free throws (258), player efficiency rating (34.8), win shares per 48 minutes (.322), and usage percentage (37.9%). NBA sportsbooks show Joel Embiid as the clear-cut frontrunner to win MVP this season. Oddsmakers are still giving great odds to Nikola Jokic and Luka Doncic.

James Shotwell
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