by +timothy // None 2 weeks, 3 days ago

Embiid Posts Career High 59 Points In Win Over Jazz

"I've never seen a more dominating performance when you combine defense and offense." So says Philadelphia 76ers coach Doc Rivers of Joel Embiid's 59-point, 11- rebounds, eight assists, and seven blocks performance in a 105-98 victory over the Utah Jazz on Sunday night. Embiid is only the third player in NBA history to have at least 50 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, and five rejections in a game, and only the fifth to have that many points, 10 rebounds, five assists, and five rejections in a single game, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. "Those shots that I took, I usually make them," said Embiid, who was 19-for-28 from the field, 1-for-5 on threes, and 20-for-24 from the foul line. "And some nights, I'm going to miss them. I'm just happy that they went in, but then again, my teammates knew who had the hot hand and they just had to feed me. I thought when I got double-teamed late in the fourth, I made the right plays. We did it as a team." Embiid reached the career scoring milestone during a two-minute stretch in the fourth quarter. He tied the score at 94 with a turnaround jumper with less than six minutes to play, hit 50 on two free throws on the Sixers' next possession, and created a new career high with two more foul shots that gave the Sixers a 98-96 lead with 4:17 remaining. Later, Embiid's jumper with about a minute to play. "I could have easily dribbled the ball and pulled up the ball and pull up the shot, but I didn't do anything to get any momentum or get any momentum."

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