Joel Embiid: Cameroon’s NBA All-Star Joins Michael Jordan in Elite Company After Historic Display

Joel Embiid: Cameroon’s NBA All-Star Joins Michael Jordan in Elite Company After Historic Display

  • Joel Embiid put on a historic performance for the Philadelphia 76ers against Utah Jazz in the NBA
  • The Cameroonian finished with 59 points, including 26 in the fourth quarter, as the Sixers secured a 105-98 win
  • He scored 42 points the night before as the 76ers defeated the Atlanta Hawks, to join the likes of Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant on an elite list

Joel Embiid inspired the Philadelphia 76ers to victory over Utah Jazz in the NBA, with a historic performance on November 14.

Embiid finished the game with a phenomenal stat line of 59 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists and 7 blocks in 36 minutes, to give the 76ers a narrow 105-98 win over the stubborn Jazz.

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Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers touches the net during their Utah Jazz clash at the Wells Fargo Center. Photo by Mitchell Leff.
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To put that into context, the Cameroonian scored 26 of the team's 27 points in the fourth quarter, along with five of his seven blocks, according to ESPN.

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The previous night, Embiid was forced to score 42 points to carry his team to a 121-109 victory over a determined Atlanta Hawks. He has now scored 101 points in the last two games, joining elite company in the NBA.

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Embiid's historic performance

With that performance, Embiid broke several records in the process. This is the fifth-highest-scoring performance in 76ers history.

He became the first player to outscore both teams by himself in a fourth quarter (26-21), since Tracy McGrady in 2006.

He is the fourth player, alongside Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan and Bradley Beal, to score at least 100 points in two straight games since the NBA-ABA merger.

Moreover, he is the first centre to do so since Wilt Chamberlain in 1967.

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Despite these accolades, Embiid was magnanimous after the game.

"We did it as a team. Obviously, the coaches put me in those positions, and my teammates fed me the ball. I thought we had great spacing around everything we were doing. ... Like I said, all the credit goes to my teammates."

Embiid's journey in the NBA has been a rollercoaster. He was drafted in No. 3 overall in 2014 and sat out two full seasons, but has come a long way even before that tough year, according to ESPN.

Embiid and Jokic: a comparison

Sports Brief earlier compared Embiid and two-time NBA MVP Nikola Jokic, the two centres in the league.

The two players have been the best centres in the NBA for the last couple of seasons, and were competing for the MVP title last season.

Jokic narrowly edged out Embiid, who had a career year after struggling in the first few seasons of his career.

Source: Sports Brief News