April 18, 2024
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Philadelphia 76ers star middle Joel Embiid has rewrote the franchise document books, breaking Wilt Chamberlain’s single-game factors document in a 133-123 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night time. 

Embiid dropped a career-high 70 factors, which was carried out simply 13 instances earlier than the massive man achieved the feat. He turned the ninth participant to take action.

Chamberlain nonetheless holds the document for many in a single recreation with 100, however his Philadelphia career-high was 68 factors. Embiid’s left-handed transition layup late within the fourth quarter gave him the document. Wells Fargo Middle erupted in applause as 76ers followers knew what was at stake when the ball hit off the glass. 

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Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers shoots a free throw throughout the recreation in opposition to the San Antonio Spurs on Monday on the Wells Fargo Middle in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE by way of Getty Pictures)

Embiid completed the sport 24-of-41 from the sector, which is an unprecedented variety of pictures, however once you’re capturing at a 58.5% clip, nobody on the Sixers goes to be mad about it.

He was additionally making it to the free throw line a ton, making 21 of his 23 possibilities there. 

Embiid was additionally raking in rebounds, gathering 18 on the night time to grow to be the primary ever participant in league historical past to take action. He additionally added 5 assists to his complete.

Embiid’s earlier career-high was a 59-point efficiency in opposition to the Utah Jazz final November. 

This once-in-a-lifetime recreation for Embiid got here on an evening the place Spurs rookie phenom Victor Wembanyama was highlighted as a result of it was the primary time he was going through Embiid, the reigning NBA MVP. 

Embiid clearly didn’t take care of all of the discuss and buzz surrounding Wembanyama, as he was clearly the star of the present, however “Wemby” definitely held his personal within the hostile atmosphere, dropping 33 factors of his personal because the duo mixed for over 100 factors on the night time.

Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers is showered with water after recording a franchise-record 70 factors in opposition to the Spurs Tuesday night time. (Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Pictures)

Wembanyama went 10-of-19 and made 11 of his 12 pictures on the charity stripe, whereas tallying seven rebounds and two assists. 

The NBA world confirmed like to Embiid after his good efficiency, together with former NBA middle Pau Gasol. 

“Congrats on a profession night time @JoelEmbiid!! #70piece,” he wrote on X, previously Twitter.

It’s nearly poetry that Gasol stated this as his former Los Angeles Lakers teammate, the late Kobe Bryant, dropped 81 factors on this identical date in 2006.

Embiid has been recognized to like Bryant’s recreation, even saying that he fell in love with basketball due to him. 

Joel Embiid eggs on crowd

Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers celebrates throughout the recreation after setting a brand new franchise document in opposition to the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night time on the Wells Fargo Middle in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE by way of Getty Pictures)

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Now, Embiid sits among the many Bryants, Chamberlains and different NBA legends who’ve made it to the elite 70-point membership.