PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid made his closing argument for the MVP votes and all but wrapped up the NBA scoring title, scoring 41 points while collecting 20 rebounds and four assists to give the Philadelphia 76ers a 133-120 victory. led to a 133-120 victory on Saturday. Indiana Pacers.
Embiid made 14 for 17 from the floor, 11 off 15 from the foul line and made both his 3-point attempts in a game that Philadelphia (50–31) won to survive the third seeded win. was needed. Eastern Conference Playoffs.
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James Harden had 22 points and 14 assists for Philadelphia, who also achieved double-digit performances from Tobias Harris (18), Tyrese Maxi (18) and Danny Green (15).
O’Shea Brissette scored 20 points for Indiana (25–56) and Tyrese Halliburton scored 19 points, losing his ninth straight game. The Pacers fell 21 points in the first half, then reduced the deficit to five in the third quarter, before Embiid and Harden began to take control of the game.
Embiid now averages 30.6 points for the season, just ahead of LeBron James’ 30.3-points-per-game clip for the Los Angeles Lakers and Kevin Durant’s 30.1 average for the Brooklyn Nets.
But neither James nor Durant would play enough to qualify for the statistical title; In an 82-game season, 58 games played is the minimum. That means the scoring race falls to Embiid and Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, who will need a wondrous finish to grab the scoring crown.
Embiid is considered one of the main contenders for the league MVP along with Antetokounmpo and Denver’s Nikola Jokic. Saturday’s game was Embiid’s 13th match to score 40 or more points.
The Sixers could advance to a first-round matchup with third seed and Chicago, formerly of the East, with a win over Detroit on Sunday and a loss to Boston in Memphis. Otherwise, Philadelphia will face Toronto in a 4–5 matchup in the first round of the post-season tournament.
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The Pacer: Indiana guard Malcolm Brogdon was ruled out with lower back pain, while Jalen Smith sat down with pain in his left groin. Reserve forward Nate Hinton was ruled out for the final two games due to the NBA’s health and safety protocols. “He’s going home in a van,” said coach Rick Carlisle.
76ers: For the second straight game, Philadelphia put veteran guard Danny Green into the starting lineup, usually holding top defender Mattis Thiebull. Thyboul may not be able to play in a possible upcoming first-round series in Toronto due to his COVID-19 vaccination status; He has not publicly said whether he has been vaccinated. Canadian rules forbid anyone traveling across the border who has not been vaccinated. Thiboul missed a 119-114 loss at the hands of the Raptors on Thursday night and was listed as “ineligible to play”. … Guard Georges Niang missed Saturday’s game with a pain in his left knee. Coach Dr Rivers said the move was precautionary. “If it was a playoff game, it would be there,” Rivers said in his pre-game meeting with the media.
The Pacers: Play in Brooklyn on Sunday to finish your season.
76ers: Host Detroit on Sunday night in the regular-season finale.
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