Joel Embiid writes name in NBA history books with monster points tally against Spurs!

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Joel Embiid became only the ninth player in NBA history to score 70 points or more in a single game as the Philadelphia 76ers beat the San Antonio Spurs 133-123 on Monday.

Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid scored 70 points as his team beat the San Antonio Spurs 133-123 on Monday.
Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid scored 70 points as his team beat the San Antonio Spurs 133-123 on Monday.  © USA TODAY Sports via Reuters Connect

A sensational individual performance from the reigning MVP led the way to victory for the Sixers and upstaged an impressive 33-point showing from Spurs rookie Victor Wembanyama.

Embiid finished with 70 points, 18 rebounds and five assists, shooting 24-of-41 from the field and making 21-of-23 free throws.

The Cameroonian star's franchise-record effort vaulted him into an elite band of NBA stars who have posted 70 or more points in a single game, joining Wilt Chamberlain, David Robinson, David Thompson, Elgin Baylor, Kobe Bryant, Donovan Mitchell, Devin Booker, and Damian Lillard.

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"It feels good," Embiid said after the win, paying tribute to his "extremely unselfish" team-mates."I was hot and they just gave me the ball and made sure they put me in the best positions.

"Credit to the coaching staff too – I'm just surrounded by amazing people."

Sixers coach Nick Nurse said the 7ft- tall Embiid's combination of size and skill made him nearly unplayable.

"He can score in so many ways," Nurse said. "His sheer size gets him a lot of stuff around the basket and a lot of free throws.

"And his shooting touch is the skill that makes it extra hard to stop him. When he gets motivated like that, anything can happen."

Embiid compliments Wembanyama

Embiid had plenty of praise for Spurs rookie Victor Wembanyama (l.), who put in one of his best performances of the season.
Embiid had plenty of praise for Spurs rookie Victor Wembanyama (l.), who put in one of his best performances of the season.  © USA TODAY Sports via Reuters Connect

Wembanyama, the highly rated No.1 draft pick from France, produced one of his best performances of the season in a losing effort for San Antonio, who remain at the bottom of the Western Conference with a record of eight wins and 35 defeats.

Embiid lavished praise on the Frenchman, but would not say if facing up against the highly rated rookie had given him additional motivation.

"The big fella, he's amazing, he's great," Embiid said of Wembanyama. "In my opinion, he's already up there as one of the best players in the league. Obviously a bright future."

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Asked whether Wembanyama had fueled his 70-point display, Embiid said: "It doesn't matter who's in the building. That's my mindset – attack, dominate, offensively and defensively. Tonight was no different."

Embiid's masterpiece propelled Philadelphia to a sixth straight victory, leaving them third in the Eastern Conference behind Boston and Milwaukee on 29-13.

San Antonio's revered coach Gregg Popovich meanwhile saluted Embiid's virtuoso performance, saying: "He's wonderful – he's playing such an all-round game."

Praise also came from Phoenix Suns star Kevin Durant, who was left gobsmacked by the news of Embiid's feat. "70?!" asked incredulously, before exhaling: "S***!"

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