Joel Embiid Blows Up Internet with History Making 70-Point Effort
Joel Embiid joined rarified company last night pouring down 70 points in the Philadelphia 76ers 133-123 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night.
Obviously the feat was historic. For starters it set the franchise record for points scored in a game by one player, breaking Wilt Chamberlain’s record of 68 points in one game for the Sixers franchise.
Moreover, the 70-point, 18-rebound, five-assist stat line had never happened in the history of the NBA according to ESPN. And by the time he hit the 70-point threshold there was still 1:41 to go in the game. In short, Embiid is the first player in NBA history to reach 70 points in under 39 minutes.
He also joined eight other NBA players who have hit the 70 mark in their careers, including Chamberlin, who posted a 100-point game in 1962, the late Kobe Bryant who scored 81 points for the Lakers back in 2006.
Ironically, Embiid spoke about how Bryant was one of his favorite players to watch growing up.
Reactions online to Embiid’s big night set the NBA on fire!!
Future NBA Hall of Famer LeBron James couldn’t believe what he heard either.
Here is every bucket that went down for Embiid on Tuesday!
Meanwhile, Embiid’s old college coach, Kansas Head Coach Bill Self gave his thoughts on Embidd’s night.
A standing ovation for greatness!
While Embiid’s night was huge, he wasn’t the only one. Minnesota’s Carl-Anthony Townes put down 62-points in the T-Wolves 128-125 loss to the Charlotte Hornets.
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