Joel Embiid dominates Boston in much needed 76ers win, 108-103
The 76ers end a three game skid with a gritty, 108-103 win in Boston on the back of Joel Embiid. The trio of Embiid, Harris, and Curry combined for 92 of the Sixers’ 108 total points.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, this was only the fifth time since the 2000-01 season that the Sixers had three or more players score 25+ points in one game, Philadelphia is 5-0 on those occasions.
Joel Embiid came back with a vengeance tonight. He dominated all over the floor tonight, scoring 41 points, grabbing 10 rebounds, assisting on five shots and blocking four. Embiid took initiative down the stretch, where he drilled back to back mid range jumpers in the final minute, including a game-sealing step back over Enes Freedom.
After struggling in the previous game against Boston, it seemed like Embiid took this game personally, and it showed in this unreal performance.
Take some time to appreciate what Joel is doing, he is literally making history. According to ESPN Stats & Info, Joel Embiid had 40 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks in a game for the 3rd time in his career. Only player with more such games since blocks became official in 1973-74? Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with 4.
Let’s talk about Tobias Harris. After all the fire he has been under recently, from me included, Harris had a great night. Scoring 25 points on 7/13 shooting, and he even made all three of his shots from beyond the arc.
Harris was able to get out on the break on multiple occasions for easy buckets, and he looked as decisive as ever during this game. Having another player that can shoulder the scoring load is essential to the continual success of this team, and this is the type of performance from Harris that fans have come to expect.
Seth Curry had another fantastic outing tonight, scoring 26 points on only 14 shots. There are few players that are able to fill it up with the efficiency that Curry does, and on nights like tonight it is easy to just marvel at his shooting ability.
The Curry/Embiid tandem has become the bread and butter of the Sixers offense, and Curry has benefited from Embiid’s gravity rolling to the basket which opens him up for a variety of mid range looks. His ability to capitalize on those opportunities is what makes the difference in games like this, and Curry has really grown into the second option on this team.
1 Bench Point
This was a weird game, only one singular bench point and just nine active players coming into the game, but Philadelphia found a way to win.
The Sixers improve to 16-15 and glide into a needed two day break before taking on the Hawks at home on Thursday.
Mandatory Credit: ESPN Stats & Info