Joel Embiid Extends Historic Scoring Run As Sixers Ease Past Pacers for Eighth Consecutive Win
- The Philadelphia 76ers beat the Indiana Pacers in a critical Eastern Conference clash
- Both teams were missing their star players, with James Harden and Tyrese Haliburton sidelined
- Joel Embiid made history with his performance on Saturday against the Pacers
The Philadelphia 76ers stretched their unbeaten run to eight games with a 141-121 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.
Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey starred for the Sixers, who improved to 48-22 for the season.
They moved within two games of the Milwaukee Bucks for first place in the Eastern Conference.
Embiid made history in the game against the Pacers, setting a franchise record with his ninth consecutive outing of at least 30 points, per ESPN.
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Embiid stands alone
He broke the records of Philadelphia legends Wilt Chamberlain and Allen Iverson, who each scored 30 points or more in eight straight games.
Embiid scored 31 points on 10 of 15 shooting from the field. He also made 10 of his 13 free throw attempts. The Sixers center stuffed the stat sheet, finishing with seven rebounds, seven assists, and two blocks.
Maxey also scored 31 points for the Sixers in the win against Indiana. He shot 12 of 18 from the floor, including 5 of 9 from beyond the arc. The Sixers guard also had seven assists and one steal.
They stepped up in the absence of James Harden, who was sidelined due to injury recovery. The Sixers didn’t mind that one of their star players was out as they shot an incredible 61% from the field against the Pacers.
They battled back from an early eight-point deficit and led by as many as 24 points in the win.
Pacers' struggles continue
It was a disappointing defeat for the Pacers, who have lost two of their last three games. They are 1.5 games behind the Chicago Bulls for the final play-in spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Pacers had no answer for the Sixers’ offense, with Philadelphia scoring at least 34 points in each of the four quarters they played. It didn’t help matters for Indiana that star rookie Bennedict Mathurin and All-Star guard Tyrese Haliburton were out with ankle injuries.
Embiid dominates against Cavs
Sports Brief recently reported on the Sixers’ win over the Cavs.
Embiid was in excellent form in that contest, scoring 36 points and grabbing 18 rebounds.
He benefited from a replay review, which overturned a sixth foul called on him.