Joel Embiid Gets MVP Love from NBA Twitter as 76ers Beat Donovan Mitchell, Cavs

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIMarch 16, 2023

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) plays against Cleveland Cavaliers guard Raul Neto (19) and forward Evan Mobley (4) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, March 15, 2023, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
AP Photo/Ron Schwane

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid continued to build his case for this year's NBA MVP award by dropping 36 points, 18 rebounds and four blocks in a 118-109 road win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday.

The Cavs came into this game missing a defensive star in center Jarrett Allen (eye contusion). That proved to be a big problem in defending Embiid, who had 24 points and nine rebounds by halftime.

Embiid added nine more points in the third and followed that up with a step-back, bank-shot three in the fourth to give the 76ers a 108-99 edge with 5:19 remaining.

Philadelphia 76ers @sixers

...so this just happened. <a href="https://t.co/mJw8iikkoY">pic.twitter.com/mJw8iikkoY</a>

Cleveland cut the lead down to as little as three, but Tyrese Maxey immediately responded with a three-pointer to keep the Cavs at arm's length.

Philadelphia 76ers @sixers

TYRESE TRIPLE. ☄️ <a href="https://t.co/IbAsnjb1og">pic.twitter.com/IbAsnjb1og</a>

This night was all about Embiid, though. His defensive efforts routinely led to chances on the other end, as evidenced by these two blocks.

Philadelphia 76ers @sixers

big block ➡️ transition two. <a href="https://t.co/JvxT8z31Of">pic.twitter.com/JvxT8z31Of</a>

Philadelphia 76ers @sixers

top 2 not 2 NBA duo. <a href="https://t.co/KeG2c6gTtJ">pic.twitter.com/KeG2c6gTtJ</a>

In the end, Embiid was able to lead the 76ers to their sixth straight win to improve to 46-22, good enough for third in the Eastern Conference at the moment.

The MVP love was prevalent on Twitter after this performance.

215muse @215muse

Joel Embiid tonight:<br><br>- 36 pts<br>- 18 reb <br>- 3 ast<br>- 4 blk<br>- 63/40/100% 🔥<br><br>He cannot be stopped ‼️<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MVP?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MVP</a> <a href="https://t.co/XjQafSf6mI">pic.twitter.com/XjQafSf6mI</a>


Joel Embiid with 36 points, 19 rebounds, 4 blocks and 3 assists as the Sixers beat the Cavs to win their sixth straight. <br><br>MVP 🔥 <a href="https://t.co/kDBun2M1Si">pic.twitter.com/kDBun2M1Si</a>

Aidan Doc🧸 @AidanDoc_

Joel Embiid tonight:<br><br>36 points<br>18 rebounds<br>12-19 FG<br>2-5 3PT<br>10-10 FT<br>5 blocks<br><br>Offensive and Defensive masterclass against the #1 ranked defense. The new betting favorite for MVP. <a href="https://t.co/8l2fgkgTkX">pic.twitter.com/8l2fgkgTkX</a>

Philly Sports Sufferer @mccrystal_alex

Joel Embiid MVP agenda is THRIVING! <a href="https://t.co/rJRV3h1juY">pic.twitter.com/rJRV3h1juY</a>

wendell❤️‍🩹 @Hoodiestephw

Joel Embiid at halftime:<br><br>24 Points<br>9 Rebounds<br>3 Assists<br>2 Blocks<br>70% FG<br>100% FT<br><br>Give him the MVP already <a href="https://t.co/XfhQXmzzQH">pic.twitter.com/XfhQXmzzQH</a>

Ball Muse @BallMuse23

Joel Embiid tonight:<br><br>36 PTS<br>17 REB<br>3 AST<br>4 BLK<br>12-19 FG<br><br>MVP level impact <a href="https://t.co/tUMkSZPl9P">pic.twitter.com/tUMkSZPl9P</a>

Justin @phillysportsszn

Joel Embiid tonight:<br>36 Points<br>18 Rebounds<br>3 Assists<br>4 Blocks<br>12-19 FG<br>2-5 3PT<br>10/10 FT<br>+14<br><br>Against a top 10 offense &amp; defense in the Cavs, winning the season series. <br><br>Just another stop on the MVP tour. 🔥 <a href="https://t.co/Y2Ov5Pyp2M">pic.twitter.com/Y2Ov5Pyp2M</a>

Joel Moran @joelvmoran

Joel Embiid is winning MVP

NonStopPhillySports @NonStopPhilly

Can't tell me Embiid isn't MVP this season.. honestly if you don't think so you don't watch enough. there's no player more valuable to their team than Embiid is to the Sixers this season. MVP 😤 <a href="https://t.co/u6C4R3FOpi">pic.twitter.com/u6C4R3FOpi</a>

ClipShowYo @CIipShowYo

Embiid is the MVP I don't want to hear nothing about Jokic

Embiid and the 76ers will visit the Charlotte Hornets on Friday at 7 p.m. ET.