Joël Embiid surpasses an NBA legend and pays tribute to his idol

This Monday evening, the Philadelphia 76ers returned home after a weekend road trip. On the program, a shock against the San Antonio Spurs of Gregg Popovich. Initially, the main storyline of this match was the meeting between Victor Wembanyama and Joël Embiid. While both big men shined, the reigning MVP had an evening he will never forget.

Like so many times since the start of the season, Joel Embiid showed himself sparkling on the floor. While the Sixers won 133-123 against San Antonio, the center from Yaoundé, Cameroon, reached a new career high in points. Indeed, the new American returned home with 70 points in his pocket. He is the first player to score 70 or more points this season, and is only the ninth in history to do so.

Embiid passes Wilt Chamberlain

The mark also marks a new single-game franchise record for the Philadelphia 76ers, previously held by Wilt Chamberlain. It’s worth mentioning that his 100-point game took place, yes in Philadelphia, but with the Warriors franchise. But what makes this performance so special is that it took place on the anniversary of one of the NBA’s most iconic performances. 18 years ago today, Kobe Bryant scored 81 points against the Toronto Raptors.

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At the beginning of his career, Embiid spoke a lot about the inspiration that Kobe had been for him. When he first started learning how to play basketball, he was given footage of the 2010 finals to watch. From there, Kobe became an idol for him. Embiid even wore his iconic No. 24 for a game during the 2020 season. Since I started playing, Kobe was my guy, he said last night. That’s the reason I started playing basketball. And it’s funny because on the same evening, [Kobe] had 81. And, you know, he was my favorite player, he’s the guy I was looking for. » It only took 36 minutes to Embiid to score 70 points. He also had 18 rebounds, five assists and one block on the night. The Sixers star shot 24/41 from the field, including a superb 21/23 from the free throw line. Led by this historic performance, Philly therefore managed to defeat the Spurs for their sixth consecutive victory.

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