Joel Embiid helps 76er defeats Jazz

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Joel Embiid helped Philadelphia 76ers win against Utah Jazz as his 59 points led them to a win on Sunday night.

Embiid stated after their victory against Atlanta Hawks that he was simply doing “whatever it takes” to lead his team to victories.

Embiid had the performance of his career on Sunday night, finishing with 59 points — a career high — to go along with 11 rebounds, 8 assists and 7 blocks in 36 minutes to give the 76ers a 105-98 victory over the Jazz.

Embiid virtually carried Philadelphia to the win by scoring 26 of the team’s 27 points in the fourth quarter, along with registering five of his seven blocked shots in the final period.

“This is not about me,” Embiid said afterwards. “We did it as a team. Obviously, the coaches put me in those positions and my teammates fed me the ball.

“I thought we had great spacing around everything we were doing. … Like I said, all the credit goes to my teammates.”

It is now showing that things are starting to realign themselves for the 76ers — in large part, because Embiid, after dealing with a bout of plantar fasciitis in the offseason and then missing time with the illness, is starting to round into the form that has made him a runner-up for the past two Most Valuable Player awards.

“The best way for me to get back to where I was before I got sick was to be on the floor, and just play,” Embiid said. “That’s really the only way. All the bikes and treadmills, that doesn’t work for me. So, the only way to get where I want to be is playing in practices and games.”



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