NBA: Cameroonian Joel Embiid Scores Career-High 49 Points To Power 76ers Win Over Hawks

One of Cameroon’s most valuable international basketball players, Joel Embiid is enjoying his career-high 49-point performance in the Sixers’ victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night.

 

With the score of 129-112 over the Atlanta Hawk, Joel Embiid takes over lead again in another win at home.

After a disappointing show against the NBA’s top dogs, the Milwaukee Bucks, the Philadelphia 76ers of Embiid returned to their home court in South Philly for their third matchup against the Atlanta Hawks this season.

The last time the Sixers played at home, they got off to a hot start, which then led to losing the lead before they formed a comeback to win the game in overtime.

Joel Embiid’s Sixers lost the lead just to end up winning the game by 17 points thanks to another dominant showing by their All-Star, Joel Embiid.

Being that Embiid is arguably the team’s best player, the big man knows he has to put on a show consistently. On Saturday, he failed to do so on the road. On Monday, however, he made up for it.

During the first half of the matchup of the game, Embiid led the Sixers in scoring with a game-high of 21 points as they possessed a 69-52 lead over Atlanta.

Not only was Embiid on an offensive tear, but the Sixers were also holding Atlanta’s Trae Young in check as the superstar guard only had ten points after wrapping up the second quarter.

Philadelphia’s defensive dominance did not keep up in the third quarter, though. After coming out flat to start the second half, the Sixers allowed Atlanta to go on a run by scoring 40 points while only putting up 22 of their own

Naturally, the home crowd lost its patience as the Sixers generated boos from their fans once again. Fortunately for the Sixers, they tend to use that doubt from their spectators as motivation.

Twenty-two of the Sixers’ 38 points in the fourth quarter came from Joel Embiid. His big second half helped Embiid exceed his career-high with 49 total points.

Noteworthy is the fact that, Sixers picked up their 36th win of the year with a 129-112 win over Atlanta, helping themselves to remain in the race for one of the top-four spots in the Eastern Conference playoff bracket.

The Sixers will return to the court in Cleveland this Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 for a matchup with the Cavaliers.

Benly Anchunda

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