Joel Embiid Delivers True MVP Moment in Game 3 Win vs. Raptors

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVApril 21, 2022

TORONTO, ON- APRIL 20  - Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) celebrates with Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris (12) and Philadelphia 76ers forward Danny Green (14) after hitting the game winner in overtime as the Toronto Raptors fall the Philadelphia 76ers 104-101 in Game 3 of their first round NBA playoff series  in Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. April 20, 2022.        (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images

The Philadelphia 76ers have been haunted by Kawhi Leonard's multibounce, series-clinching three-pointer against them in Game 7 of the 2019 Eastern Conference Semifinals. 

On Wednesday night, Joel Embiid helped to exorcise those demons. 

The superstar big man and MVP candidate hit a clutch, overtime three-pointer to give the Sixers a 104-101 win and a commanding 3-0 lead in the series against the Toronto Raptors.


JOEL EMBIID OH MY GOODNESS 🤯 <a href="https://t.co/v3Sm1oZdKz">pic.twitter.com/v3Sm1oZdKz</a>

Josiah Johnson @KingJosiah54

Drake in the Raptors locker room after Embiid game winner <a href="https://t.co/V5ys8u3955">pic.twitter.com/V5ys8u3955</a>

Michael Lee @MrMichaelLee

Joel Embiid with his Kawhi moment in Toronto

Paolo Uggetti @PaoloUggetti

embiid is a legend, mvp or not

Colleen Wolfe @ColleenWolfe

Embiid just took my breath away

Embiid was massive for the Sixers in Game 3, scoring 33 points to go along with 13 rebounds. The Sixers needed every last bucket, especially after James Harden (19 points, 10 assists, six rebounds) played sparingly in the fourth quarter after picking up his fifth foul and got No. 6 before the overtime session. 

But Embiid took over, certainly looking the part of the best player in the NBA:

NBC Sports Philadelphia @NBCSPhilly

YOU JUST GOT DUNKED ON BY JOEL EMBIID 🤯🤯🤯 <a href="https://t.co/jiF6s7kxKN">pic.twitter.com/jiF6s7kxKN</a>

NBC Sports Philadelphia @NBCSPhilly

THIS IS WHAT THE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER LOOKS LIKE <a href="https://t.co/xbXmnk2edg">pic.twitter.com/xbXmnk2edg</a>

NBC Sports Philadelphia @NBCSPhilly

Joel Embiid is 1-of-1 <a href="https://t.co/DaqqsDtu53">pic.twitter.com/DaqqsDtu53</a>

The Raptors had Philly reeling early in this one, leading by as many as 17 points. The Sixers didn't put their best foot forward, with 22 turnovers and a particularly rough possession to end regulation with a chance to win it. 

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

Tobias Harris had the offensive rebound but couldn't get the game-winner to fall.<br><br>76ers-Raptors is going to OT in Game 3. <a href="https://t.co/w2yHyd7vEA">pic.twitter.com/w2yHyd7vEA</a>

Embiid healed all wounds, spoiling excellent nights from OG Anunoby (26 points) and Precious Achiuwa (20 points, six rebounds off the bench) in the process. And now Toronto finds itself one game away from elimination ahead of Saturday's Game 4. 

Awaiting them will be Embiid, nail and coffin at the ready.