Joel Embiid Posts 6th 40-Plus-Point Game of Season with 42 in 76ers Win over Pelicans

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIJanuary 26, 2022

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 25: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers dunks the ball against the New Orleans Pelicans on January 25, 2022 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid posted his sixth game of the season with over 40 points Wednesday as he dropped 42 in a 117-107 home win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday.

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42 PTS | 14 REB | 4 BLK<a href="https://twitter.com/JoelEmbiid?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JoelEmbiid</a> has been eating his Wheaties lately. πŸ₯£<br><br>πŸŽ₯ presented by <a href="https://twitter.com/PALottery?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@PALottery</a> <a href="https://t.co/yzaoXRBkFd">pic.twitter.com/yzaoXRBkFd</a>

Embiid made 12 of 24 field goals and 18 of 20 free throws. He also grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked four shots.

The big man is on an absolute tear of late.

He entered Tuesday averaging 33.4 points on 55.2 percent shooting and 10.5 rebounds per game over his last 15 contests, which saw the 76ers go 11-4.

76ers team reporter Lauren Rosen also noted that Embiid has more points than minutes played in each of his last five games:

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.<a href="https://twitter.com/JoelEmbiid?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JoelEmbiid</a> has now scored more points than minutes played in 5 consecutive games (!).<br><br>vs. Pelicans: 42 PTS / 33 min<br>@ Spurs: 38 PTS / 31 min<br>vs Clippers: 40 PTS / 36 min<br>vs Magic: 50 PTS / 27 min<br>@ Wizards: 32 PTS / 29 min<br><br>MVP things. <a href="https://t.co/Z9ldYbS2Va">pic.twitter.com/Z9ldYbS2Va</a>

The Elias Sports Bureau also posted this mind-boggling stat:

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Joel Embiid has now led all players in scoring in 17 straight games, tying Allen Iverson for the longest streak in 76ers history.<br><br>H/T <a href="https://twitter.com/EliasSports?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@EliasSports</a> <a href="https://t.co/cKFWU2npAL">pic.twitter.com/cKFWU2npAL</a>

Thanks in part to his efforts, the 28-19 76ers are now just two games behind the Miami Heat for first in the Eastern Conference.

Embiid and Philadelphia will look to continue the hot streak when the 76ers face the Los Angeles Lakers at home Thursday.