Joel Embiid became the first Sixer player to drop 50 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists for the team after Wilt Chamberlain in 1968. Having led his team to a huge victory, Embiid surely might’ve strengthened his claim for this season’s MVP as well. As the 76ers were without Ben Simmons for the 2nd straight game, Tobias Harris had 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Eastern Conference leaders.
With the 76ers clinging to a 107-103 lead, Embiid blocked Chicago Bulls, Zach LaVine’s driving attempt with 1:02 remaining, then hit a 17-foot baseline jumper with 41 seconds left. When the Bulls called timeout, Embiid jogged to center court and put both hands up as if requesting cheers from the empty seats while the speakers played artificial “M-V-P!” “M-V-P!” chants.
Joel Embiid drops career-best 50 points to lead 76ers past Bulls
“The only difference from this year and last year is about me being willing to dominate every single moment I’m on the floor on defense and on offense,” Joel Embiid said as per ESPN.
Embiid put an exclamation point on the half with 33 seconds remaining before the break by dribbling from Philadelphia’s free throw line, deking past Wendell Carter Jr. in the Bulls’ paint, scoring and getting fouled, an amazing show of athleticism from the 7-foot-2 big man.
Then, during one 29-second stretch in the third quarter, Embiid hit a 3-pointer, stole Thad Young’s pass and then assisted Tyrese Maxey’s fast-break layup. Maxey’s bucket gave Philadelphia its largest lead, 83-73 with 1:59 left in the third.
Voted an All-Star for the fourth consecutive season previously. Embiid scored 25 first-half points in a variety of ways, seemingly however he wanted.
“I’ve been adding a lot to my game and it’s been working well,” Joel Embiid said.