Sports Talk with Brodes: Joel Embiid Drops Career-High 49 Points Against Atlanta
The Philadelphia Sixers beat the Atlanta Hawks by a score of 129-112 to improve to 27-2 at the Wells Fargo Center. Joel Embiid absolutely took over the game as he recorded 49 points which is a career-high.
With Ben Simmons being out of the lineup until more information is released about his back injury, Embiid is going to have to dominate like this on a nightly basis. To be fair, I think he needs to do this even with Simmons available.
Embiid scored in so many different ways. He knocked down shots by the perimeter, he dominated in the post, and he had monster dunks. He went to the charity stripe 15 times and knocked down 14. It's almost like it's taken for granted what he does at the free throw line.
The starting lineup Brett Brown went with was Shake Milton, Josh Richardson, Tobias Harris, Al Horford, and Embiid. This will be different most nights with Simmons out.
Harris went from doubtful with a right knee contusion to questionable and eventually upgraded to available since the 76ers' last game. It didn't look like he had any issues as he scored 25 points and was effective all game long.
The Sixers came out on fire scoring 41 points in the first quarter and 69 points in the first half. The third quarter was abysmal, allowing the Hawks to drop 40 points and take the lead by one entering the last 12 minutes of the game. From there, they outscored the Hawks by 18 in the final frame to win comfortably.
Trae Young scored 28 points, but he shot 2-11 from behind the arc. He was also -17 so I would say the Sixers did their job on him.