Joel Embiid joined some pretty exclusive company after last night's win against the Oklahoma City Thunder. He became the first Sixers after Charles Barkley (three times) and Moses Malone (five times) as the only players in 76ers history to have multiple games of 25-15-5.
Embiid is continuing with dominant performances
After it was announced James Harden was joining the Philadelphia 76ers, the team took on the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder in front of their home crowd. The Sixers were dominant from the early start and controlled the game until the end for an 87-100 win over the young and talented OKC squad.
As usual, Joel Embiid led the way with 25 points, 19 rebounds, and 5 blocks, while Tyrese Maxey added 24 points and 5 rebounds. This was Maxey's 17th consecutive double-figure scoring game, a new career-long streak for the young guard. The Sixers are currently sitting in the 5th spot in a very competitive eastern conference, but with the addition of James Harden, they are ready to take on the rest of the regular season with the hopes of getting among the top 3 spots in the conference.
After the game, Joel Embiid talked about the addition of James Harden into the starting lineup what he can bring to the team.
"It's James Harden. First of all, sucks to lose some of my teammates, Seth [Curry] did such a great job for us the year-and-a-half he was here, Drum [Andre Drummond] was as good as any backups that we've had in Philly since I've been here. So, you know, it sucks to lose him, but you know it's James Harden and he is one of the best players in the league, MVP. I don't know I am pretty excited, you know you add someone like that your chances to win a championship get even bigger, so I'm just excited to get on with it and try to figure out how to put it all together as a team and go from there."
Embiid already spoke with Harden
Interestingly enough, Embiid already spoke with Harden, and it seems the excitement is mutual with both players being on the same page when it comes to winning and understanding what is at stake. Embiid is aware it will take some time for Harden to get correctly adjusted to their system, but he understands what he brings to the table and believes that is just what the Sixers need to take it to the next level.
"Yeah, I talked to him, just a lot of excitement, you know, just excited. You talk about guys that I've played with [and] he's probably going to be the best yet from what he has accomplished in his career so far, so it's just about getting everybody on the same page and finding how everybody plays, but we already have a system in place, and we've just gotta bring him along and try to get comfortable. It's a bunch of new stuff, but a bunch of new stuff that he's good at, and then just put it all together."
The Sixers are playing the talented Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday evening, and it's unlikely Harden will play in that game. However, he is scheduled to make his Sixers debut next Tuesday in a home game against the Boston Celtics. It's safe to say everyone is super excited to get this new chapter started in the hopes of finally making the NBA Finals this season.