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Joel Embiid Scores Career High 50 Points as 76ers Defeat Bulls
On Friday, February 19th, 2021 the 76ers’ dominant center Joel Embiid scored his NBA career high 50 points as the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Chicago Bulls with a final score of 112 to 105. Embiid has such a powerful performance on both sides of the ball helping his team not only win the basketball game but remain in first place in the Eastern Conference standings. It is unbelievable to watch an athlete of his size play basketball with such grace. He handles the ball well, can hit shots from all over the court, utilize his size to dominate down in the paint, and his great vision allows him to find his teammates for spectacular assists.
Incredible Box Score
Joel played 35 minutes of the game to score his NBA career high 50 points as he drained 17 out of 26 shots from the field as well as going 1 out of 2 from three – point range. He made 15 out of his 17 free throw attempts. Embiid was a total beast on the glass by pulling in 6 offensive and 11 defensive rebounds to finish the game with a total of 17 boards. He dished out 5 nice assists to his teammates, stole the ball twice, and blocked 4 shots by the Chicago Bulls. This was an amazing overall effort and performance by Embiid in every aspect of the game.
The 2020 – 2021 NBA MVP Race
According to nba.com LeBron James is currently leading the 2020 – 2021 NBA MVP race as of Friday, February 19th, 2021. James is averaging 25.9 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 7.9 assists per game this season. Second on the list is the Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid as he is averaging 29.7 points, 10.8 rebounds, 1.2 blocks, and 1.3 steals per game this season.
Damian Lillard ranks in at third place. He is averaging 29.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 7.7 assists, and 1.1 steals per contest this season. Fourth place goes to Steph Curry as he is averaging 30 points, 5.3 rebounds, 6 assists, and 1.2 steals per game this season. Finally, Nikola Jokic takes the fifth spot on this list as he averages 27.4 points, 11.1 rebounds, 8.6 assists, and 1.6 steals per game this 2020 – 2021 NBA season.
Embiid’s Basketball Career Achievements, Honors, and Awards
- 4 Time NBA All – Star (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
- 2 Time All – NBA Second Team (2018, 2019)
- 2 Time NBA All – Defensive Second Team (2018, 2019)
- NBA All – Rookie First Team (2017)
- Second – Team All – Big 12 (2014)
- Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year (2014)
- Big 12 All – Defensive Team (2014)
- Big 12 All – Newcomer Team (2014)
Odds to Win the 2020 – 2021 NBA Championship
According to Intertops sportsbook these are the odds as of Friday, February 19th, 2021 to win the 2020 – 2021 NBA championship outright.
|Los Angeles Lakers +240|
|Brooklyn Nets +350|
|Los Angeles Clippers +500|
|Milwaukee Bucks +650|
|Utah Jazz +900|
|Philadelphia 76ers +1400|
|Boston Celtics +1800|
|Denver Nuggets +2200|
|Miami Heat +3300|
|Phoenix Suns +3300|
|Dallas Mavericks +4000|
|Indiana Pacers +4000|
|Toronto Raptors +5000|
|Golden State Warriors +6000|
|Portland Trail Blazers +6000|
|San Antonio Spurs +6000|
|New Orleans Pelicans +7500|
|Atlanta Hawks +8000|
|Houston Rockets +10000|
|New York Knicks +10000|
|Memphis Grizzlies +12500|
|Oklahoma City Thunder +15000|
|Sacramento Kings +15000|
|Orlando Magic +20000|
|Washington Wizards +20000|
|Charlotte Hornets +20000|
|Chicago Bulls +25000|
|Cleveland Cavaliers +30000|
|Minnesota Timberwolves +40000|
|Detroit Pistons +50000|
“Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid drops career-high 50 in win vs. Chicago Bulls”, Tim Bontemps, espn.com, February 19, 2021.
“Kia MVP Ladder: LeBron's MVP mettle about to be tested once again – LeBron James maintains the lead, but faces a huge challenge and more competition”, Michael C. Wright, nba.com, February 19, 2021.
“United States, NBA Futures – NBA 2020 / 21 Championship: To Win Outright”, intertops.eu, February 19, 2021.
Written by: David Green