Sixers Joel Embiid becomes first center since Shaquille O’Neal to win NBA scoring title – Greeley Tribune

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Sixers star Joel Embiid made history on Sunday. Big Man won the NBA scoring title for the first time in his career.

Embiid averaged 30.6 points per game in 68 appearances this season, the highest in his six-year career. He became the first center to lead the league in scoring as Shaquille O’Neal did with the Los Angeles Lakers during the 1999–2000 season. O’Neill averaged 29.7 points per game that year.

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Embiid also became the first center to average 30-plus points per game in a season, as former Sixer Moses Malone averaged 31.2 points with the Houston Rockets in 1982.

The last sixer to win the scoring title was Alan Iverson during the 2004–05 season. The Hall of Fame guard won it four times in his career.

Embiid’s most recent outing came on Saturday night in a 133-120 win against the Indiana Pacers. He scored 41 points and scored 14 for 17 off the ground, which included two 3-pointers. Embiid also recorded 20 rebounds and four assists.

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Embiid won the scoring title after the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo lost against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday.

The scoring title race was tight until the end of the season. Embiid defeated Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic and Trai Young for the title. LeBron James pushed late for the crown, but didn’t play enough games to qualify, and was ruled out by injury after the Lakers were out of the playoffs.

There is good praise for the scoring title as Embiid is making his case as the league’s MVP. Like scoring titles, that race is even tougher. Embiid, Denver’s Nikola Jokic, and Antetokounmpo have all made very strong cases for being deserving of the award.

Embiid is out against the Detroit Pistons in tonight’s finale of the Sixers.

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The Sixers and Embiid will now prepare for the playoffs which could include a first round match against the Toronto Raptors or the Chicago Bulls. With the Sixers winning against the Pistons and the Boston Celtics losing versus the Memphis Grizzlies, they will face the Bulls. If the Sixers lose, they will play the Raptors.

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