After his exclusion in the headlines of the All-Star Game, Joel Embiid shined this Saturday with 47 points to guide the victory of the Philadelphia 76ers 126-119 against the Denver Nuggets.
Embiid also added 18 rebounds and five assists. He imposed his law inside and outside the paint, with up to four triples, his season record.
Under his guidance, the Sixers are on a seven-game winning streak and have climbed to second place in the East.
Nikola Jokic, winner of the last two MVP awards, had 24 points, eight rebounds and nine assists for the Nuggets. But he was not able to stop the demolishing Embiid.
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The Cameroonian is at a superlative level and leads the league in scoring (33,4 points per game). But even so, he was excluded from the 10 players who will start the All Star on February 19.
Embiid lost the starting job he had held for the past five years as Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks), Jayson Tatum (Celtics) and Kevin Durant (Nets) took all three big man spots in the Eastern conference.