The Philadelphia 76ers defeated Charlotte 131-113 on Sunday thanks to a stunning 53-point effort by Joel Embiid, who also became the first player in the NBA to have two games with 50 or more points this year.
The 7-footer (2.13 m) from Cameroon, who is 28 years old, converted 11 of 11 free throws, made 20 of 32 shots from the field, including two three-pointers, and grabbed 12 rebounds.
James Harden, a three-time NBA scoring champion with 19 points, 16 assists, and 9 rebounds, remarked that he made scoring seem simple tonight.
He spent the entire game in attack mode. His leap attempt was tumbling. He had a rough evening. In a win over Utah last month, Embiid set a career-best with 59 points, joining Wilt Chamberlain and Allen Iverson as the only other 76ers players to have multiple 50-point games in a season.
When we’re winning, I’m simply thrilled that I’m helping, Embiid said. It was up to his other 76ers players to put his accomplishments in perspective (14-12).
Montrezl Harrell stated it was fantastic to witness. He is a talented player. He said, “He does so many things for our team on both the attacking end of the court and the defensive end as well.
It just serves to highlight how outstanding a player he is when he comes out and has a dominant game on both sides of the court.
The New Orleans Pelicans beat Phoenix 129-124 in overtime to win their seventh straight game and maintain first place in the Western Conference thanks to 35 points from Zion Williamson.
Deandre Ayton led the Suns (16-11) with 28 points and 12 rebounds, while C.J. McCollum contributed 29 points for New Orleans (18-8).
Chris Paul of Phoenix scored a jump shot with four seconds left in the fourth quarter to tie the score at 117-117 and send the game into overtime. However, McCollum scored four points during a 10-2 Pelicans run in overtime to secure the game.
The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Detroit Pistons 124-117 thanks to LeBron James’ 35 points, five rebounds, and five assists as well as Anthony Davis’ 34 points, 15 rebounds, and seven assists.
For us, a victory was essential. Davis replied, “We were aware of that.”We remained strong and persisted in our struggle.” For the NBA’s worst Pistons, Bojan Bogdanovic scored a game-high 38 points (7-22).
The most amazing play of the night occurred in Atlanta when rookie A.J. Griffin, age 19, grabbed pass inbounds from Jalen Johnson, turned his body, shot the ball from the lane, and hit the game-winning basket at the buzzer to give the Hawks a 123-122 victory against Chicago.