Highlights: Watch Kyrie Irving, Joel Embiid in Epic Duel as 76ers Beat Celtics

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistMarch 21, 2019

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 20: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics drives to the basket against Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers in the first quarter at the Wells Fargo Center on March 20, 2019 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.(Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia 76ers hosted the Boston Celtics at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday, and the battle of Eastern Conference powers turned into a duel between Joel Embiid and Kyrie Irving.

Embiid led his team to a 118-115 victory by going off for 37 points and 22 rebounds in a monster performance:

As Sixers Stats noted, a second 30-20 game of the season put the Philadelphia star in exclusive company:

It also marked the third 30-plus performance in five March appearances for Embiid. Unlike the other two games, the 7'0", 250-pound big man did most of his damage from the line against the Celtics, going 20-of-21:

The two-time All-Star is now averaging 29.6 points in March and has put up a total of 77 points over his last two showings.

Although the Celtics were not able to pull out the victory, it was through no fault of Irving. Aided by a 16-point outburst in the opening quarter, the Boston star went off for 36:

Irving now has four consecutive 30-point games, and he has now reached the mark in five of his last six appearances.

This wasn't the first time the two All-Stars put on a show like this, as ESPN Stats & Info pointed out:

Unfortunately for the Celtics, the combination of Embiid and Jimmy Butler (15 fourth-quarter points) proved to be too much.

The late comeback helped Philadelphia avoid a season sweep, although Boston still claimed victory in three of the four meetings.

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