NBA Scoring Title: Joel Embiid pulls within 0.07 points of Lebron James with a handful of games remaining
Joel Embiid made up some ground yesterday in the race for the NBA Scoring Title. Entering yesterday’s NBA slate, there were three players left standing in the race to be crowned scoring champion. Embiid, Lebron James, and Giannis Antetokounmpo were all separated by just 0.29 points with just a handful of games remaining in the regular season.
NBA Scoring Title Tracker
- Lebron James: 30.27 PPG
- Joel Embiid: 30.20 PPG
- Giannis Antetokounmpo: 30.08 PPG
Giannis Antetokounmpo – 3rd Place
The Milwaukee Bucks played first yesterday, with Antetokounmpo scoring 28 points in a losing effort to the Dallas Mavericks. With that performance, his scoring averaged dropped to 30.08 points per game on the year.
Joel Embiid – 2nd Place
Embiid dominated the Cleveland Cavaliers last night, finishing the game 44 points, 17 rebounds, five blocks, and three assists. With the win, the 76ers clinched a playoff berth and Embiid notched his league-leading 11th game with at least 40 points and 10 rebounds this season.
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With Embiid’s performance, his average climbed from 29.98 to 30.20, putting him just 0.07 points per game behind Lebron for the scoring lead.
Lebron James – 1st
Lebron James scored 38 points against the Pelicans on Friday, but didn’t play over the weekend after being once again sidelined with an ankle injury. Right now, Lebron James leads the race for the NBA Scoring Title, but there’s a catch.
Players must play a minimum of 58 games to qualify for the scoring title. If Lebron James can’t play two of the next four Lakers games due to his nagging ankle injury, he will be out of contention.
Today is an off day across the NBA, but all three players are scheduled to play on Tuesday.
- Embiid and the 76ers will be in Indiana.
- Giannis and the Bucks visit Chicago.
- James and the Lakers will be in Phoenix.
Funny how Nikola Jokic isn’t in the running, right? That’s a shame. No way I could vote for Jokic to be MVP if he can’t even win a scoring title. The Lakers stink so really, that just leaves Embiid and Giannis for the NBA’s Most Valuable Player.
Here’s my vote:
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