Sixers’ Joel Embiid matches record streak last made by Allen Iverson
Joel Embiid has been having a monster season. On Thursday, the Philadelphia 76ers All-Star added another incredible feat to his stellar 2020-21 campaign as he continued his impressive scoring streak for the Sixers against the Portland Trail Blazers.
With another huge scoring evening, Embiid is now the fourth player in franchise history to score 25 points or more in 10 consecutive games. The last Sixers player to do it was none other than the great Allen Iverson (via The Athletic).
“I haven’t seen anybody who can stop (Joel Embiid). I don’t know if you have.” – Ben Simmons@DerekBodnerNBA hasn’t.
That’s why Embiid’s headlining the early MVP conversation ⤵️https://t.co/jVzuSUBxsE
— The Athletic NBA (@TheAthleticNBA) February 12, 2021
Embiid has been the answer for the Sixers this season and the process has definitely been paying dividends. They now sit at the top of the Eastern Conference ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks and the Brooklyn Nets, and it’s mainly because of their three-time All-Star.
Mid-way through the season, Embiid has put himself in MVP conversations as he continues to dominate inside the paint. Coming into their game against the Blazers, he’s been on a tear with a career-high average of 29.1 points per game to go along his 11 boards and 1.3 blocks per game for the Sixers. He’s also been shooting on an efficient 54.7% clip which is also his best shooting form in his seven-year career in the NBA.
Though there have been a ton of changes in the Sixers’ front office and roster this offseason, including a ton of rumors and hearsay, Embiid has stayed the course and hasn’t let any of this off-court drama distract him from the task at hand.
The dominant Cameroonian is on track for his best season in the league so far and it won’t be surprising if he drags his Sixers all the way to the top of the Eastern Conference, giving this team the shot in the arm it needs to compete for the NBA title. Philadelphia hasn’t made the NBA Finals since 2001, when Iverson himself lost to the Lakers. Embiid would love to give his team the chance to face the Lakers in another championship round.