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Sixers’ Joel Embiid is first Philly player since Charles Barkley with 40/20 game

Joel Embiid

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid joined some elite company with his incredible performance in the team’s 113-101 loss against the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.

Embiid seemed to be well on his way to a huge game when he put up 28 points and 14 rebounds in the first half, and sure enough, that’s exactly what happened.

The seven-footer finished the game with 40 points and 21 rebounds, which allowed him to become the first Philly player since Charles Barkley to compile a 40-point, 20-rebound performance.

Barkley’s feat came all the way back in 1990, so it’s been a good while since the Sixers have had someone put together such an excellent outing.

It marked Embiid’s third 40-point game of the 2018 campaign, as he posted 41 points in a win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Nov. 1 and 42 points in a victory against the Charlotte Hornets on Nov. 9.

While the Sixers lost this one, they’re now 2-1 when he notches 40 or more points, so maybe he should do it more often.

But in all seriousness, this was a much-needed performance for his own confidence, as he’s publicly stated some frustrations with his recent play. But after scoring 33 points and grabbing 17 rebounds in Wednesday’s loss to the Brooklyn Nets, it was clear that he was starting to gain momentum.

He would certainly like this kind of performances to result in more victories for his team, and the Sixers will get a chance to snap their two-game losing streak when they hit the road for a Sunday clash against the Cleveland Cavaliers.