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Joel Embiid's Performance Praised After Shorthanded 76ers' Loss to Timberwolves

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IINovember 20, 2022

Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid, left, drives to the basket against Minnesota Timberwolves' Rudy Gobert, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
AP Photo/Chris Szagola

Despite missing James Harden, Tyrese Maxey and Tobias Harris because of injury, the Philadelphia 76ers nearly beat the Minnesota Timberwolves before falling at home, 112-109 on Saturday.

The 76ers were in this one because of center Joel Embiid, who continues his torrid pace. Last year's NBA MVP runner-up collected 32 points, nine rebounds, six assists and three steals. He notably went 18-of-20 from the free-throw line as well.

Minnesota led this game by as many as 20 points and held a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter, but Embiid and Shake Milton (27 points on the night) combined to score the next 12 for Philly to cut the lead to 105-102. The last bucket in that run consisted of an impeccable Embiidd effort on both ends.

Philadelphia 76ers @sixers

HIM. <a href="https://t.co/G8wLKNzec4">pic.twitter.com/G8wLKNzec4</a>

Embiid's performance was nothing short of exceptional on a night where he appeared to have suffered a significant injury involving teammate Georges Niang.

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck

Embiid walked to the bench under his own power after getting taken out by Georges Niang on his way to the ground. Grabbed his left ankle, one that he was rubbing a bit earlier tonight as it was. Gotta simply get out of this game with no injuries at this point, but gutsy 2nd half.

But he stayed in the game to nearly will Philly to the win.

After the 12-0 run, the Timberwolves scored the next five before the 76ers rolled off a 7-0 run to slash the deficit to 110-109. However, Minnesota held on after the 76ers came up empty on their next two possessions.

Despite the loss, Embiid was the best player on the floor, which has been the case for a while now.

StatMuse @statmuse

Embiid last 4 games:<br><br>32 PTS | 9 REB | 6 AST | 3 STL<br>32 PTS | 11 REB | 8 AST | 3 BLK<br>59 PTS | 11 REB | 8 AST | 7 BLK<br>42 PTS | 10 REB | 6 AST | 2 BLK<br><br>Mind blowing. <a href="https://t.co/W9R1n1wVO1">pic.twitter.com/W9R1n1wVO1</a>

Twitter praised Embiid after another dominant performance.

Adam Aaronson @SixersAdam

Joel Embiid could barely stand about three minutes ago. He just dove for a loose ball on the floor, got up and hit a three. The lead is three. Unreal

Paul Hudrick @PaulHudrick

There is just so much being asked of Joel Embiid right now. The lineups are so funky. Not much you can do with three starters out.

bryce (fire glenn rivers) @DocRivers2Jail

Embiid was playing without his 2nd, 3rd, or 4th option and the 5th option is out there doing this πŸ’€πŸ’€ <a href="https://t.co/yGfMsgk763">https://t.co/yGfMsgk763</a>

Josh Reynolds @JoshReynolds24

The fact that Joel Embiid is still walking, let along staying in the game after this, is nothing short of a miracle.<br><br>Philadelphia personified <a href="https://twitter.com/JoelEmbiid?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JoelEmbiid</a> <a href="https://t.co/sDMsv7EBy9">pic.twitter.com/sDMsv7EBy9</a>

Nick @EmBeardx21

Dude Embiid is the greatest of all time he actually can’t walk and he’s still carrying

Philadelphia will return to the court Tuesday at home against the Brooklyn Nets.