Joel Embiid Scores 70, Breaks 76ers’ Single-Game Points Record

Joel Embiid with the 76ers in 2018
Joel Embiid with the 76ers in 2018. Photo by Rob Sambles/Frozen in Motion/REX/Shutterstock (9306399az)

Reigning NBA MVP Joel Embiid continues to enter his name in the Philadelphia 76ers’ history books. Embiid scored 70 points in Monday night’s 133-123 win over the San Antonio Spurs and set a new franchise record.

The 76ers’ single-game points record was previously held by late Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain for more than 56 years. Chamberlain scored 68 points in 143-123 win over the Chicago Bulls in December 1967.

Embiid finished the night with 70 points, 18 rebounds, and five assists. According to ESPN, no player has ever had this type of statline in the history of the league.

“Obviously, Wilt accomplished … everything [in] the history of this league, and basketball in general,” Embiid said after the game. “So to be in the same conversation, that’s pretty cool.”

“It was just a great night,” he added. “I had it going. I mentioned a few times, a lot of teammates are extremely unselfish and they just kept giving me the ball, and I just finished it.”

Joel Embiid is once again one of the favorites for the NBA MVP award. Embiid is currently averaging league-leading 36.1 points per game while adding 11.6 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.9 blocks, and 1.2 steals.

Thanks to Embiid, the 76ers are currently third in Eastern Conference with 29-13 record and 4.0 games behind the leaders, Boston Celtics.