Joel Embiid was just about unstoppable on Wednesday night for the Philadelphia 76ers. That meant the Boston Celtics were always going to be up against it. Despite being down at the half by three points, the Sixers never gave up, relying upon Embiid to lead them. And the center did just that, producing 42 points and also grabbing ten rebounds. Tobias Harris also added to the mix, offering up 22 points of his own in what turned out to be a 117-109 win.
Embiid’s showing further illustrated his MVP credentials thus far in the early goings of the season. He had 20+ points in a half for the fifth time already this season (22 in the first, 20 in the second) and he nailed 17 of 21 free throws in the outing. Not too bad for a big man, especially considering the days of old when centers weren’t expected to shoot very well from the line. The Celtics, who fell apart down the stretch and gave up a six-point lead heading into the fourth, were led by Jaylen Brown’s 26 points in the defeat that left them at 8-5 and the Sixers at 10-5.