Joel Embiid finished with 32 points, 12 rebounds and three assists to lead the 76ers to an impressive 109-98 road win over the Miami Heat
The 76ers have now won nine of their past 10 games led by Embiid, who is starting to build an MVP case with an incredible stretch of play.
Embiid has been on a monster tear over the past 12 games averaging 31.8 points per game, 10.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.6 blocks over the course of that span, highlighting how much the 76ers rely on him to win games.
Equally as important, Embiid has been getting to the free-throw line during this stretch as well, averaging 11.7 attempts per game. Against the Heat in Miami, he went 8-of-11 from the line.
After a slow start to the game, Embiid came to life in the second half, scoring 25 of his 32 points after the break on 9-of-11 shooting.
“I was the worst player in basketball in the first half,” Embiid said postgame. “My elbow played a huge part of it too, it was really painful, but I just told myself in the second half to not think about it and just go out and do my thing.
“But it wasn’t about me, guys on the floor, Tobias [Harris], Seth [Curry], [Tyrese] Maxey, everybody showed up, playing great defense and knocking down big shots.”
Embiid has now scored 30 or more in 10 straight road games, which is a franchise record. He surpassed Allen Iverson’s eight-game streak from Nov. 16, 2005 to Dec. 10, 2005.
The only other players in NBA to do this over the last 18 years are James Harden and Tracy McGrady.
— Sixers Stats (@SixersStats) January 16, 2022
His electric form on the road has powered the 76ers to 16 wins away from Wells Fargo Center, giving them the most road wins in the league this season, ahead of the Cavaliers, Nets and Suns (15).
Embiid currently ranks in the top 10 in the league for both points and rebounds averaged. In the clutch, he’s a huge reason the 76ers have an 11-6 record this season as he leads the league with 5.8 points per game in crunch situations.
As of Jan. 16, he’s broken through into the MVP Ladder but still ranks behind the likes of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nikola Jokic and Kevin Durant but watch out for his name to rise if he continues this level of performances while the wins continue to pile up for Philadelphia.