In a stunning display of skill and dominance, Philadelphia 76ers’ star center Joel Embiid delivered a staggering 50-point performance (13/19 from the field, 19/21 free throws) in the third game of the first-round series against the New York Knicks, leading his team to a crucial 125-114 victory and narrowing the series gap to 1-2.

For the 30-year-old Cameroonian, this remarkable feat marks a new personal playoff record in scoring.

Embiid’s achievement also etches his name in the annals of Philadelphia basketball history as he becomes only the third player in the franchise’s rich heritage to score 50 points or more in a playoff game, joining the ranks of Allen Iverson (three times) and Billy Cunningham.

What sets Embiid’s performance apart is his unparalleled efficiency. He becomes the first player in NBA history to score 50+ points in a playoff game with fewer than 20 field goal attempts. Previously, the record for the fewest field goal attempts in a 50+ point playoff game was held by Bob Cousy (22).

Last updated on 26 Apr 2024 - 17:40

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