First-time All-Star Darius Garland and the Cleveland Cavaliers made their way from Philadelphia for a matchup against Joel Embiid and the Sixers. The reception was anything but warm as Joel Embiid asserted his dominance early and often.
The Philadelphia 76ers are still awaiting the debut of recent acquisitions James Harden and Paul Millsap, but for tonight, they weren’t needed to defeat the, at the time, second-place team. Harden and Millsap did both pass their physicals today, which is great news for the Sixers as the deal is now official, and both Harden and Millsap are expected to join the team soon.
Again the story of the night on the court was the performance of one Joel Hans Embiid, who put forth one of the most impressive performances against the Cavs impressive big man Jarrett Allen. With a 40 point triple-double, Joel Embiid proved once again why he’s the current favorite to win the NBA’s MVP award.
Joel Embiid has become the first Sixer since Wilt Chamberlain in 1968 to boast 40+ Points, 10+ Rebounds, and 10+ assists. This is historical greatness the people of Philadelphia are witnessing, and the impact Embiid has had on this team and this city cannot be overstated.
Not only was Embiid stuffing the stat-sheet, but he was putting up highlight play after highlight play. This includes what is quite possibly the Sixers’ dunk of the year on the Cavalier’s rim protector Jarret Allen.
Early in the second half, the Cavaliers turned it into a bit of a game, but Joel Embiid was able to close out the win and lead the team to victory. The Sixers will next play the hated Boston Celtics on Tuesday, February 15th at 7:30 PM. You can watch the game live on TNT or listen live as always at 9 7.5 FM The Fanatic.
There’s no definitive word yet, but there’s a chance that newly acquired superstar James Harden will take the court for Tuesday’s matchup. Either way, expect some must watch basketball as is the case anytime either Harden or Joel Embiid hit the hardwood.