‘The MVP race is over’

Xavier Roger


Joel Embiid made an MVP statement Tuesday night. 

Playing the Boston Celtics in the NBA’s only national TV game of the night, Embiid dropped 52 points on an incredible 20-for-25 shooting in the Philadelphia 76ers’ 103-101 win. He also pulled down 13 rebounds and dished out six assists, three of them setting up P.J. Tucker 3-pointers in the final three minutes of the game. 

“There’s so many things that we did wrong, but what we did right was Joel Embiid,” Sixers coach Doc Rivers said after the game.

“The MVP race is over,” Rivers continued. “The man just scored half our points in an NBA game. And I’m biased, but the MVP race is over.”

Tuesday marked Embiid’s third 50-point game of the season, following a 59-point outing vs. the Utah Jazz in November and a 53-point game against the Charlotte Hornets in December. 

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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid drives against Boston Celtics forward Grant Williams.

As Rivers suggested, with just three games left in the regular season, Embiid’s performance against the defending Eastern Conference champs may have also been an exclamation point in what has been a long and frequently contentious MVP debate surrounding him, the Denver Nuggets‘ Nikola Jokic and Milwaukee Bucks‘ Giannis Antetokounmpo. 


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