After seeing Joel Embiid provide more than half of the Philadelphia 76ers’ final point total against the Utah Jazz on Sunday, Memphis Grizzlies player Ja Morant couldn’t believe what he was seeing.
Embiid scored 59 points in the 105-98 victory, making 19 of 28 field goal attempts and 20 of 24 free throw attempts. The Sixers’ All-Star big man, who also excelled in other areas to help his team win, was simply insurmountable for the Jazz. With 11 rebounds, 8 assists, and 7 blocks, Embiid came close to recording a quadruple-double.
Morant was watching the game live, so he couldn’t help but be shocked when Embiid scored 57 points with more than a minute left in the game.
— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) November 14, 2022
Ja Morant is not to be blamed for that kind of response. In fact, Joel Embiid gave a crazy performance. In addition, how frequently does one player contribute more than half of the team’s points?
James Harden’s foot injury has sidelined him, therefore Embiid is bearing the Sixers’ load. Indeed, he’s carrying it out to the best of his ability.
With the victory, the Sixers advanced to 7-7 overall, good for sixth place in the Eastern Conference. After beginning the year with three straight losses, they have since won three of their past five games.
In the absence of Harden, Philadelphia will rely more on JoJo to carry the majority of the offensive load. Thankfully for them, their big man is more than capable of handling the situation.