Joel Embiid Erupts for 50 points as Sixers Stave Off Knicks AP

Joel Embiid Erupts for 50 points as Sixers Stave Off Knicks



April 26th, 2024

The Philadelphia 76ers staved off elimination in the Eastern Conference first-round playoffs with a thrilling 125-114 victory over the New York Knicks in Game 3 on Thursday night. The hero of the night was Joel Embiid, who defied both physical limitations and a hostile crowd to explode for a career-high 50 points.

Embiid Battles Through Adversity

Playing through Bell's palsy and a bulky knee brace, Embiid displayed incredible perseverance. Despite battling recent injuries and depression, he delivered when it mattered most.Joel Embiid promised a series win after the Sixers' Game 2 loss, and in Game 3, he backed up his words with his actions with a 50 points playoff record.

Embiid's performance was particularly dominant in the pivotal third quarter. He caught fire from beyond the arc, draining an uncharacteristic four three-pointers, including two clutch baskets with assists from Tyrese Maxey. This scoring surge extended the Sixers' lead to double digits and effectively swung the momentum in Philadelphia's favor.

Embiid Makes History

Embiid's remarkable performance etched his name in the NBA record books. He became the first player ever to score 50 points on fewer than 20 field goal attempts in a playoff game. His efficiency was remarkable, converting 13 of 19 shots from the field and a staggering 19 of 21 free throws.

Joel Embiid Erupts for 50 points as Sixers Stave Off Knicks

Embiid wasn't alone in his heroics. Teammate Tyrese Maxey chipped in with 25 points, including two crucial three-pointers in the pivotal third quarter.

Series Shifts, Questions Remain for Knicks

With the win, the Sixers cut the series deficit to 2-1. The Knicks, who stole the first two games in New York, now face a hostile environment in Philadelphia for Game 4. Questions surround the health of Mitchell Robinson, who sprained his ankle after a flagrant foul by Embiid. Jalen Brunson led the Knicks with a valiant 39 points and 13 assists, but overall, the team's offense struggled against a resurgent Sixers defense.

Looking Ahead

This Eastern Conference first-round matchup is shaping up to be an instant classic. With both teams refusing to back down, Game 4 promises to be another intense battle. The passionate Philadelphia crowd will be behind Embiid and the Sixers, while the Knicks look to bounce back and regain control of the series.

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