Joel Embiid scored a career high 70 points in his team’s 133:123 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night in a game of the regular NBA season. For less than 37 minutes on the court, the last season’s MVP also caught 18 rebounds and provided 5 assists. He accomplished this feat on the 18th anniversary of the late Kobe Bryant historic 81-point game. The win which was Sixers’ sixth consecutive took them to a 29-13 balance, with the team comfortably sitting in 3rd place in the Eastern Conference.
KOBE!!! 70 Piece pic.twitter.com/1qnYwTfhsB
— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) January 23, 2024
Embiid shot 24/41 from the floor and was 21/23 from the free throw line. His points were equally distributed, with Embiid dropping 34 before the half-time break and 36 afterwards. With the achievement he becomes only the 3rd player in Philadelphia 76ers’ history to record 60 or more points in a game, with the other two being the legends Allen Iverson and Wilt Chamberlain. The later had reached 60 points on three separate occasions during his time with the Sixers. Up until yesterday Chamberlain was Philly’s record holder with 68 points, scored on 16th of December in 1967. The illustrious accomplishment made Embiid only the 9th player in NBA’s history to score 70 points or more.