76ers star Joel Embiid scored a career-best 59 points as he lifted his side to a 121-109 victory over the Atlanta Hawks at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night. In addition, Embiid racked up 11 rebounds, 8 assists, and 7 blocks in 36 minutes of play.
“This is not about me,” Embiid said when interviewed about his achievement, continuing to explain that it is the team that helped him to score his highest-ever tally and ultimately secure the win. “I thought we had great spacing around everything we were doing. … Like I said, all the credit goes to my teammates,” Embiid continued.
As a result of his performance, Embiid became the first player since Tracy McGrady in 2006 to outscore both teams during the fourth quarter.
Embiid’s performance helped the 76ers return to winning ways after losing 95-104 to the Hawks in the reverse fixture. More importantly, it ensured that Philadelphia improved its record to 6-7, thereby keeping the team in a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference standings.