Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid Goes Off in Win Over Indiana Pacers

The Philadelphia 76ers and Indiana Pacers lit up the scoreboard in a 147-143 shootout on Monday night. Ultimately, the Pacers simply had no answer for the overpowering game of 76ers center Joel Embiid. The six-time All-Star tallied 42 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals, and one block.

Embiid piled up his points on only 16 field goal attempts, hitting 11. He also went to the free throw line an eye-popping 19 times, sinking every single one. It was his 11th 40+ point game of the season. It lifted his season averages to 33.2 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game with a deadly .645 true shooting percentage. The points per game and true shooting percentage are personal bests; no player in the NBA exceeds him in both categories this season.

The 76ers are an impressive 42-22, good for third in the Eastern Conference. In a season full of spectacular individual performances, Embiid's excellence has gotten lost in the shuffle. Though Denver Nuggets' superstar Nikola Jokic appears to have a stranglehold on a third-straight MVP, Embiid is within striking distance of leading the league in scoring for a second-straight season. He may be the most unstoppable scorer in the NBA.

The 76ers are back in action tonight against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second game of a back-to-back.

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