Joel Embiid’s road domination lands him in legendary company yet again
The Philadelphia 76ers are 25-18 on the season and winners in eight of their last 10 games. They currently sit in sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings. At home they are an even 9-9 on the year while posting an impressive 16-9 road record.
How have the Sixers been so successful on the road this season? The answer is easy. Joel Embiid has been dismantling teams away from Philadelphia.
After yesterday’s miserable game against the Washington Wizards, Embiid notched his 11th straight game with 30+ points on the road. It’s the longest streak in the NBA since James Harden did it during the 2018-2019 season. Before that, Tracy McGrady did it during the 2002-03 season.
Sure, the record is definitely impressive and Embiid has been playing some of the best basketball of his career this season.
On the year, Embiid is averaging 27.3 points, with 10.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. Looking at his home/road splits, here’s the type of damage being dealt by the big fella on the road.
Home: 24.8 PTS, 11.1 REB, 4.5 AST, 1.4 BLK, 1.0 STL
Road: 29.3 PTS, 10.1 REB, 4.0 AST, 1.3 BLK, 1.1 STL
As for Embiid, the record is pretty cool, but that’s hardly what he’s focused on. After the Miami Heat game on Friday, Embiid had this to say about the record and his individual stats.
“We have a goal. I have a goal. I want to win and we’re gonna do everything possible for us to win, and I’m gonna do everything possible to put us in that position to be able to win. Every single night, that’s my mentality. Just coming in and try to climb up the standings again.”
Embiid has the 76ers rolling, but of course, he cannot do it alone. Just yesterday, the 76ers shot roughly 29% from beyond the arc and outside of Embiid and Maxey, no other player scored in double digits during a sloppy loss to the Washington Wizards.
The NBA Trade deadline is approaching on February 10th. It will be interesting to see what Daryl Morey and the 76ers do with Ben Simmons, and if getting Embiid help this season is the number one priority.
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