CLEVELAND — Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid says he doesn’t know what else he has to do to win MVP this season after scoring 44 factors in a 112-108 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night time.
He additionally made 17 free throws, added 17 rebounds and 5 blocks, made three 3-pointers and had three assists in 38 minutes.
Embiid has 11 video games with not less than 40 factors and 10 rebounds this season; solely Russell Westbrook (12) and Moses Malone (12) have had extra in a single season because the 1976-77 merger. Each gamers received MVPs in these seasons.
“If it occurs, nice,” Embiid mentioned of profitable his first MVP. “If it doesn’t, I don’t know what I’ve to do. I’ll really feel like they hate me. I really feel like the usual for guys in Philly or for me is totally different than everybody else.”
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Embiid completed behind Denver Nuggets heart and reigning MVP Nikola Jokic in ESPN’s newest MVP straw ballot launched final week. Jokic can be the heavy betting favourite to win the award, with -300 odds through Caesars Sportsbook. Embiid has the second shortest odds at +270.
Sixers coach Doc Rivers says Embiid’s passing, protection and management are neglected components of his well-rounded sport.
“I do know he’s my man, clearly,” Rivers mentioned earlier than Sunday’s sport. “He has simply has carried out so many issues.”
Rivers credit Embiid for pulling the Sixers by way of “the Ben Simmons saga.”
“He was our second-best participant on the time and was out, and on the All-Star break once we made the commerce, we have been a sport out of first place within the East,” Rivers mentioned. “There’s lots to be mentioned about that.”
James Harden, who had 21 factors, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in his second triple-double with Philadelphia, additionally had a ringing endorsement for his co-star after the sport.
“I get to witness his greatness each night time,” Harden mentioned. “Clearly, his offensive numbers tonight are self-explanatory. Defensively, he was very energetic blocking pictures, altering pictures and clogging the paint up was key.”
Embiid, 28, is averaging 30.2 factors, 11.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists per sport this season.
The Related Press and ESPN’s Stats and Info contributed to this story.
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