PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid tied his profession excessive with 50 factors in simply 27 minutes, main a dominant third quarter that carried the Philadelphia 76ers to a 123-110 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday evening.
Embiid additionally had 12 rebounds and three blocks whereas making 17 of 23 subject objectives and 15 of 17 free throws. The four-time All-Star and MVP candidate performed simply 58 seconds of the fourth quarter.
Tobias Harris added 21 factors for the 76ers, who’ve received 9 of 11. Philadelphia started play sixth within the East however simply 2 1/2 video games out of the highest spot.
Mo Bamba set profession highs with 32 factors and 7 three-pointers for Orlando. The rebuilding Magic dropped to an NBA-worst 8-38 with their third straight loss and thirteenth defeat within the final 14 video games.
Philadelphia was booed off the courtroom at halftime, trailing 57-47. However the 76ers got here out decided after the break, utilizing a 17-6 run over the primary 5:05 to leap in entrance, 64-63. Embiid lastly received some assist from his teammates in the course of the spurt, as Tyrese Maxey drained a pair of three-pointers.
Embiid, who entered averaging 27.3 factors, took over from there, scoring in a wide range of methods in a panoramic third quarter that matched his equally stellar first quarter. He was serenaded with “MVP! MVP!” chants on two journeys to the free throw line within the interval, and introduced the followers roaring to their ft when he made a three-pointer with 25 seconds left within the quarter that gave Philadelphia its largest result in that time, 92-80.
It gave Embiid 47 factors for the sport and 23 within the third quarter alone wherein he shot 8 of 10. The star middle opened the competition by draining 8 of 10 pictures in a 20-point first quarter that helped the 76ers to a 25-21 benefit.
Embiid re-entered with 7:23 left within the fourth and rapidly received to 49 factors with a pair of free throws 15 seconds later. Then, Embiid was fouled by Mamba, who fouled out on the play, with 6:26 left. With the group standing and recording the second on cell telephones, he made the primary to achieve 50 factors earlier than misfiring on the second free throw. Coach Doc Rivers rapidly subbed him out to loud cheers.
Embiid was dominant within the first quarter however the remainder of the 76ers mixed for simply 5 factors on 2-for-11 taking pictures. And it caught as much as them within the second quarter. The Magic closed inside 38-37 whereas Embiid rested for the primary 5:20 of the interval, then scored 11 of the ultimate 14 factors to open a 10-point benefit after he went to the bench with three fouls with 3:07 remaining.
Bamba completed with 28 factors and made 7 of 8 three-pointers within the opening half, simply bettering his earlier profession highs in scoring (22 factors) and made three-pointers (5).
Magic: Assistant coach Jesse Mermuys crammed in for head coach Jamahl Mosley (well being and security protocols), who missed his second straight sport. Assistant coach Nate Tibbetts additionally was absent as a consequence of well being and security protocols. ? Wendell Carter Jr. (sore left hamstring) was out of the lineup for the seventh consecutive contest. Mermuys believes Carter’s return is imminent. ? R.J. Hampton went down exhausting with 4:52 left within the fourth, went to the locker room and did not return.
76ers: Danny Inexperienced (proper hip) missed his fourth in a row, Matisse Thybulle (proper shoulder) his third straight and Shake Milton (again) his eighth. Rivers mentioned he expects Thybulle to overlook no less than another sport, whereas he did not have a timetable for Milton.
Magic: Fell to 6-22 on the street. Orlando is 2-16 at residence. ? Path the four-game season collection 3-0. The groups will play as soon as extra, March 13 in Orlando.
76ers: Improved to 10-9 at residence and 9-6 with Embiid within the lineup in Philadelphia. ? As commerce rumors proceed to flow into round Ben Simmons, who has been out all season as a consequence of private causes, Rivers mentioned rebounding and playmaking could be areas for addition on the commerce deadline when pressed. “You want playmakers within the playoffs, you simply do,” he mentioned. “You want guys who’re going to make performs for themselves and others. And the extra you’ve gotten, the higher group you’ve gotten, the higher probability you’ve gotten.”
Magic: Open five-game homestand in opposition to the Lakers on Friday.
76ers: Host the Clippers on Friday.