The Philadelphia 76ers needed their superstar big man to step up to the challenge on the road on Wednesday night. The Sixers were looking to start this grueling stretch on the right note as they took on the Cleveland Cavaliers on the road, and the big fella answered the call.
Joel Embiid poured in 36 points with 18 rebounds and four blocks as the Sixers walked away with a 118-109 win over the Cavs, giving them the tiebreaker over Cleveland in the Eastern Conference. The big fella shot 12-for-19 from the floor and he made all 10 of his free throws.
James Harden added 28 points, 12 assists, and six rebounds, Tyrese Maxey had 23 points, Shake Milton had 11, and Georges Niang added eight. It was a big win for the Sixers in Cleveland.
NBA Twitter gave its best reactions to Embiid’s big night to lead the way:
Sixers have won 6 straight🔥🔥
36, 18 from Joel Embiid
28, 12 from James Harden
23 from Tyrese Maxey
Sixers half game behind Boston!
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) March 16, 2023
Joel Embiid’s last 14 Games:
36 PTS, 18 REB, 3 AST, 63% FG
34 PTS, 8 REB, 4 AST, 57% FG
39 PTS, 7 REB, 4 AST, 65% FG
39 PTS, 7 REB, 4 AST, 59% FG
42 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST, 68% FG
31 PTS, 6 REB, 10 AST, 50% FG
35 PTS, 8 REB, 2 STL, 62% FG
27 PTS, 12 REB, 2 AST, 58% FG
41 PTS, 12 REB,… https://t.co/dYW85TRcFq pic.twitter.com/3aT0tFnFGg
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) March 16, 2023
Joel Embiid tonight:
Offensive and Defensive masterclass against the #1 ranked defense. The new betting favorite for MVP. pic.twitter.com/8l2fgkgTkX
— Aidan Doc🧸 (@AidanDoc_) March 16, 2023
Joel Embiid recorded his 24th 35-point game this season, the most in a season by a center since Moses Malone’s 25 in 1981-82. Malone won MVP that very season. pic.twitter.com/o7DKYMHoJq
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 16, 2023
Joel Embiid with 36 points, 19 rebounds, 4 blocks and 3 assists as the Sixers beat the Cavs to win their sixth straight.
MVP 🔥 pic.twitter.com/kDBun2M1Si
— SPORTSRADIO 94WIP (@SportsRadioWIP) March 16, 2023
A dominant performance by Joel Embiid not only helps Philadelphia keep pace with Boston for the second seed, but it also virtually locks up third ahead of Cleveland. Embiid finishes with 36 and 18 on 12-19 shooting.
— Tim Bontemps…
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