Joel Embiid in disbelief as MVP rival Luka Doncic and team go 30-0 in nail-biting clash against Oklahoma City Thunder

Philadelpha Sixers' MVP candidate in awe of fellow MVP candidate led historic run


Joel Embiid in disbelief as MVP rival Luka Doncic and team go 30-0 in nail-biting clash against Oklahoma City Thunder

Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks made history with their 30-0 run (Associated Press)

In a stunning display of resilience and skill, the Oklahoma City Thunder overcame a historic 30-0 run by the Dallas Mavericks, led by MVP contender Luka Doncic, to secure a 126-120 victory. This remarkable NBA game, which took place on Saturday night, left fans and players alike in awe, including Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid, who expressed his disbelief on social media.

The game, held at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, was a rollercoaster of emotions and skill. The Thunder, initially leading by 24 points, witnessed their advantage being wiped out by an unprecedented 30-0 run by the Mavericks. This run, the largest in NBA history, was spearheaded by Luka Doncic, who finished the game with an impressive 36 points, 15 rebounds, and 18 assists.

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Despite the Dallas Mavericks’ incredible comeback, Oklahoma City Thunder showed remarkable mental toughness. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, with 17 points and nine assists, and Jalen Williams, scoring a team-high 23 points, played pivotal roles. Chet Holmgren’s impact was profound, contributing 11 points, 11 rebounds, and five blocks, showcasing his defensive prowess.

The game’s climax was a testament to the Thunder’s resilience. After the Mavericks’ historic run, they responded with a decisive 15-3 run in the final quarter, demonstrating their ability to withstand pressure and emerge victorious in challenging situations.

Luka Doncic’s performance was particularly noteworthy. Having missed the previous game for the birth of his daughter, Doncic returned to the court with a masterclass display, joining Oscar Robertson as the only other player in NBA history with multiple 35-15-15 games.

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Joel Embiid and Luka Doncic battling it out as top KIA MVP candidates

Joel Embiid, another MVP contender, took to Twitter to express his astonishment at the game’s events. His tweet captured the disbelief shared by many witnessing this historic NBA moment. Embiid’s reaction underscores the game’s significance in the MVP race, where both he and Doncic are prominent figures.

Luka Doncic and Joel Embiid are currently third and second on the KIA MVP ladder respectively (via. AP)

Both Embiid (31.7 points, 10.9 rebounds, 5.9 assists) and Doncic (31.5 points, 9.3 rebounds, 8.8 assists) are putting up some phenomenal numbers. Embiid recently made his first triple-double of the season as well in a massive 138-94 win over the Los Angeles Lakers but this recent performance by Luka Doncic was truly something else.

Luka Doncic scored 36 points, got 2 blocks and 2 steals along with 15 rebounds and 18 assists. He did all this while maintaining a 50% shooting percentage from the field, a humongous feat. He also played a major role in this historic run by the Mavericks, which was the longest ever since the beginning of the play-by-play era which dates back to 1996.

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