Joel Embiid puts on dominant showing in NBA All-Star game
The NBA capped off its All-Star weekend Sunday night with yet another classic. Since adjusting the ending format of the game, it has been a much more exciting matchup.
For the second-straight year, Philadelphia 76ers’ center Joel Embiid has proven to be one of the league’s most unstoppable forces. This reign of dominance continued Sunday as he attempted to lead Team Durant to victory.
When all was said and done, Embiid finished as his team’s leading scorer. He played a total of 31 minutes and posted a stat line of 36 points, ten rebounds, and four assists. Only Stephen Curry, who took home the MVP award, recorded more points than Philly’s All-Star big man.
Similar to a regular evening, Embiid dominated the game with great efficiency. He connected on 14 of his 20 shot attempts, including a stellar five-for-eight from beyond the arc.
Even in a game that is widely known for its lack of defense, Embiid managed to draw fouls. He was one of four players to go to the free-throw line in the game and connected on all three attempts.
Whether it was because his son was in attendance or he just wanted to show out, Embiid made a statement in yet another All-Star game. There is a chance he used this as an opportunity to bolster his MVP case playing alongside and against some of the other frontrunners for the award.
Typically, the MVP award is rewarded to the highest-scoring player on the winning team. If not for LeBron James knocking down a game-winning fadeaway, Embiid might have added an All-Star game MVP award to his career accolades.
With the weekend’s festivities finally wrapped up, Embiid can get some much-needed rest before the final stretch of the regular season. The Sixers are back in action Friday with a matchup against Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Mandatory Credit: Philadelphia Inquirer