Embiid’s 59 Points Lead Sixers Past Jazz, Garland’s 51 Not Enough For Cavs

Embiid’s 59 Points Lead Sixers Past Jazz, Garland’s 51 Not Enough For Cavs

Joel Embiid scored 59 points to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 105-98 win over Utah on Sunday, just one of two 50-point performances that lit up the NBA night.

Cleveland guard Darius Garland scored 27 of his 51 points in the fourth quarter, but his heroism wasn’t enough to keep the Cavaliers from relinquishing their first home defeat, 129-124 to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Joel Embiid’s awesome game

The Embiid epic, which improved his previous career to the best of 50 points, turned out to be all the 76ers needed to keep tenacious Jazz at bay.

The big Cameroonian man added 11 rebounds and eight assists along with seven blocked shots, all just one day after scoring 42 points in a win over the Atlanta Hawks.

“I’ve never seen a more dominant performance, when defense and attack are combined,” 76ers manager Doc Rivers said after Embiid became the first player in league history with 50 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and five. blocks in a game from the walls became an official statistic in the 1973-74 season.

With Jazz hitting late, Embiid scored 26 of Philadelphia’s 27 points in the fourth quarter.

Songs of “MVP” were raining at Sixers’ Wells Fargo Center as Embiid poured it.

The teams were tied towards the final period and Embiid’s jump shot with less than six minutes to go scored 94-94.

He scored two free throws on Philadelphia’s next possession to a 98-96 lead over the Sixers. His fading jump shot with one minute to go put Philadelphia up 103-98 and closed the scoring with a couple of free throws.

In Cleveland, Garland barely beat Embiid on his first 50-point performance of the season to become the fourth Cavaliers player to reach the half-century mark alongside LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Walt Wesley.

Garland’s 10 three-pointers – six in the fourth quarter – were just the beginning as Garland dazzled with a series of nimble jump shots and bullish pushes towards the basket.

“Special,” Cavs veteran Kevin Love said of Garland’s performance. “A Darius masterclass that was just beautiful.”

Cavs star Donovan Mitchell cheered off the bench as he sat outside with a sore ankle, but Garland’s career night wasn’t enough.

D’Angelo Russell set a record of 30 points out of 11 out of 13 shots and delivered 12 assists, while Karl-Anthony Towns scored 29 points for the Timberwolves, who were leading by 24 at the end of the third quarter.

Thunder Silence Knicks

Elsewhere, the Oklahoma City Thunder arrived in New York and beat the Knicks 145-135 to the vocal dismay of the Madison Square Garden crowd.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 37 points and Josh Giddey scored a triple double of 24 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists to lead the young Thunder team.

Aussie Giddey, 20, has joined Wilt Chamberlain as the only player to score triple doubles in their first two games at the iconic Manhattan Arena.

“We come here once a year, so you have to have fun while we’re here and luckily we’ve had two wins in my day so it’s been fine so far,” Giddey said in a post-match interview.

Lu Dort also scored 24 points for Oklahoma City, who scored 62.5% of field shots. This included making 17 out of 31 three-pointers.

The Knicks beat the Thunder 48-36 in the first quarter, setting a franchise point record in the first period.

But Oklahoma City went defensive in the second, keeping the Knicks at 25 and scoring 43 to take the lead by six at half-time.

They never followed and led by as many as 19 in the second half.

In Washington, Kristaps Porzingis scored 25 points and Deni Avdija scored 21 leading the Wizards to a 102-92 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Washington took the fourth straight victory despite Bradley Beal’s continued absence. The Grizzlies were also understaffed, with Ja Morant sidelined with a pain in his left ankle and Desmond Bane out with a nagging toe.

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