PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid scored a career-high 59 points and added 11 rebounds, eight assists and seven blocked shots in a historically dominant performance, carrying the Philadelphia 76ers to a 105-98 victory over the Utah Jazz on Sunday night.
Embiid scored 26 of Philadelphia’s 27 points in the fourth quarter and he became the first player in NBA history with 50 points, 10 boards, five rebounds, five assists and five blocks in a game since blocks became an official stat in 1973-74.
“I’ve never seen a more dominating performance when you combine defense and offense,” coach Doc Rivers said.
Malik Beasley scored 18 points for the Jazz.
TIMBERWOLVES 129, CAVALIERS 124
CLEVELAND (AP) — All-Star point guard Darius Garland scored 51 points in Cleveland's loss to Minnesota.
Garland scored 27 of his career-best point total — and made six of his career-best 10 3-pointers -- in the fourth quarter for the Cavaliers.
D’Angelo Russell had personal season highs of 30 points and 12 assists and Karl-Anthony Towns scored 29 points to help the Timberwolves overcome Garland’s onslaught.
Garland’s 51-point performance was briefly the NBA's season-high. Joel Embiid finished with 59 points for the Philadelphia 76ers later in the night.
THUNDER 145, KNICKS 135
Giddey had 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds for the Thunder, who picked up their fifth straight victory at Madison Square Garden. Giddey joined Wilt Chamberlain (1968) as the only other player in NBA history to record triple-doubles during their first two games at MSG.
Lu Dort had 24 points for Oklahoma City and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl added 17.
WIZARDS 102, GRIZZLIES 92
WASHINGTON (AP) — Kristaps Porzingis scored 25 points and Deni Avdija added 21 to lead Washington to a victory over Memphis.
The Wizards swept a weekend back-to-back against Utah and Memphis, two of the Western Conference’s top teams in the early going this season. Washington did that without Bradley Beal, who is still getting back into playing shape after going through health and safety protocols.
Memphis was missing key players as well, with Ja Morant out because of left ankle soreness and Desmond Bane unavailable because of right toe soreness. Dillon Brooks scored 19 points for the Grizzlies. Steven Adams contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The Associated Press