The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers seem like two teams destined to be in perpetual warfare. That rivalry continued on Thursday night, and at the end of the day it was the Sixers that came out on top in large part due to the excellence of Joel Embiid. Following criticism from legendary big men Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal, he responded with an emphatic 38 point display.
He also grabbed 13 rebounds as he led his team to a win on the road over the Celtics by a score of 115-109, showing just what he and his team are capable of when they are at close to their best. It was Boston’s first home loss of the season, while Philly are not even at .500 (6-7) yet on the road. Judging by this performance, they could improve that massively in the weeks and months to come. Kemba Walker led the Celtics in the loss, dropping 29 on a relatively ‘off’ night in terms of field goal shooting.