Joel Embiid reclaims scoring title as the Philadelphia 76ers slide into the Top 3 in the latest NBA Power Rankings
The Philadelphia 76ers have won 18 out of their last 22 games to improve to 30-16 on the season. They are now in sole possession of the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, 4.5 games behind the Boston Celtics.
The Sixers just completed a 5-0 road trip out West and will now stay home this week, playing Ben Simmons and the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday before hosting the Denver Nuggets at The Well on Saturday afternoon.
They are now 9-2 in the month of January, and the Joel Embiid-James Harden pick-and-roll is basically unstoppable. While the entire city of Philadelphia was watching the Eagles beat the crap out of the New York Giants on Saturday night, the Sixers, led by Tyrese Maxey, rallied from being down 21 points against the Sacramento Kings. Embiid and Harden didn’t even suit up that game either.
The Sixers’ recent success comes after starting the season 1-4 and ultimately at one point, being 12-12 in the early part of the year. Now, they are ranked No. 3 in the NBA’s most recent Power Rankings.
Embiid, who hasn’t played since Portland last week, also reclaimed the NBA’s scoring title, basically tied with Luka Doncic at 33.6 points per game.
The Sixers will be back in action on Wednesday night, as they welcome the Brooklyn Nets and Ben Simmons to The Well. It looks like we may finally see Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons play basketball against each other. Following the Nets, the Sixers will host Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets on Saturday in South Philly, before heading to New York on Sunday to play the Knicks in the Garden.
Get your popcorn ready.