Embiid’s 34 points and seven rebounds led the Sixers to overtake the Nets in Brooklyn.
The Sixers have now won three in a row led by Embiid, who is beginning to build an MVP case with an incredible six-game streak.
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Embiid has been in a monster tear the past six games averaging 33.6 points per game and ten rebounds over the course of that time frame, highlighting how much the Sixers rely on him to win games.
Joel Embiid is unstoppable right now. Their last 6 games:
32 pts | 9 REB | 11 TLC
41 PTS | 10 REB | 14 TLC
23 pts | 10 REB | 10 TLC
36 pts | 13 REB | 11 TLC
36 pts | 11 REB | 14 TLC
34 pts | 7 REB | 12 TLC pic.twitter.com/8hYekVIcGF
– StatMuse (@statmuse) December 31, 2023
Equally important, Embiid has also been hitting the free throw line during this stretch, averaging 12 attempts per game.
By doing so, Embiid is also engraving his name in the record books. He is the first Sixer to average more than 30 points in seven consecutive road games. since Allen Iverson in 2006. That’s now one shy of the longest streak in franchise history.
The only other player to do it for Philadelphia is Wilt Chamberlain.
“I’m happy for the win,” Embiid said after Tuesday night’s win over the Raptors. “I feel like what I’m proud of is my defense. I feel like I’ve become a good scorer. That’s the part that has been forgotten a bit. I take pride in myself, and the team really, in making stops, especially when we need them, and in protecting those who need to be protected. That’s the part that I’m really proud of. “
34 pts | 7 REB
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– Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) December 31, 2023
Against Brooklyn on Thursday night, Embiid set out to establish his dominance from the jump.
He had 22 of his 34 points in the first half, including a 16-point first quarter on 6 of 9 shooting from the field. The Nets threw different types of coverage at him, but it was all to no avail as he got away with all of the defenders.
The victory improved the Sixers to 19-16 on the season and was their third straight win (fourth on the road). It also marked Philadelphia’s first win over Brooklyn this three-game season.
They will then face off on March 10.