Embiid was able to step up when it counted the most, scoring 26 of the Sixers’ astounding 27 fourth-quarter points while shooting 7 for 8 from the field and 12-for-15 from the line. He also added five blocks in the final frame alone. In contrast, the Jazz scored a total of 20 points and had no blocks in the fourth.
This surpasses Allen Iverson’s 60 points on February 12, 2005, to rank as the fifth-highest scoring performance in 76ers history. The best three scores are held by Wilt Chamberlain, who also holds the records of 68 (Dec. 16, 1967), 65 (Feb. 7, 1966), and 62. (March 3, 1966).
It means a lot to me to be in the presence of those two legends who played here, said Embiid. I still have a ways to go.Embiid, who was selected third overall in the 2014 draught, missed two full seasons due to numerous foot and back problems before returning to the court for the 2016–17 season. In just 31 games, he was named to the All–Rookie First Team.
After the game, 76ers coach Doc Rivers observed, “I’ve never seen a more dominant effort when you combine defence and offence.”
On the same day that Embiid scored 59 points, Cleveland’s Darius Garland recorded the first 50-point performance of 2022–23, surpassing him. In a 129-124 home loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, he finished with 51 points. On April 9, 2021, Zach LaVine of the Chicago Bulls (53 points) and Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics (53 points) shared the honours for the last time multiple players scored 50 points in a single game.
With 1:19 remaining and the Sixers leading 101-98, Embiid stopped Collin Sexton’s dribbling layup before squatting down and nailing a quick shot to secure the game.
In his sixth season, Embiid overcame persistent injuries to record his breakthrough performance on the second night of a home back-to-back. He converted 19 of his 28 field goal attempts and 20 of his 24 free throw attempts, keeping the Sixers from losing to the young Jazz. Embiid even added a steal, and in just 37 minutes, he had a stunning plus-25 rating.
He became just the third player since 1988 to score 100 or more points twice with his 101 points this past weekend. He had 14 assists and 21 rebounds overall. And he accomplished this while James Harden was still sidelined due to a foot injury.