Embiid Continues Dominance as Sixers Beat T-Wolves
After pulling off a victory against the defending champion Lakers, the Sixers would travel to Minnesota to face off against the Timberwolves. Both teams would start slow in this one, but the Sixers would eventually find their stride.
Joel Embiid would continue his MVP campaign, leading the charge out of halftime and busting the game wide open for the Sixers. When the final buzzer sounded, the Sixers would walk away with a 118-94 victory.
We are running out of ways to describe Embiid's level of play this season, but he continues to show he belongs in the upper echelon of NBA players. Despite playing just 27 minutes tonight, the MVP frontrunner would rip off 37 points and come down with 11 rebounds.
Free-throw volume has been the biggest standout for Embiid this season. He continues to get to the line at an absurd rate as teams have no answer for him around the rim. The Wolves would send him to the line and he would make 16 out of 18 attempts.
Tobias Harris continues his All-Star campaign as well. Per usual, he finishes as the Sixers' second-leading scorer behind Embiid. Harris would also finish with a double-double, scoring 17 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.
The second unit would also provide a nice contribution in this win over the T-Wolves. Shake Milton would lead the charge with 13 points, but Matisse Thybulle, Furkan Korkmaz, and Tyrese Maxey would all turn in solid performances.
Thybulle continues to put together a great stretch of games defensively. He would match the entire Wolves team in steals with three. Maxey continues to provide a nice boost of energy and scoring for the second unit, scoring eight points in about 10 minutes of play.
After the game Doc Rivers would explain it best, stating "tonight we took care of business and it was great to see." In recent years the Sixers had troubles on the road and had a bad habit of playing down to their opponents, neither would be an issue in this one.
The Sixers look like they are starting to build momentum. With this win, they are now winners in five of their last six games, and the team remains undefeated when all five starters play.
This win also expands the Sixers' lead in the top spot of the Eastern Conference. After Friday's win, the Sixers sit at 14-6 on the year with a game and a half lead over the second place Brooklyn Nets.
After an off-day on Saturday, the Sixers will be back in action on Sunday. Next up they travel to Indiana to face off against Domantas Sabonis and the Pacers.