In an incredible duel, Joel Embiid got the better of Giannis Antetokounmpo as the Philadelphia 76ers manage to defeat the defending champs by 3 points.
The Philadelphia 76ers–Milwaukee Bucks contest was as action-packed and well-contested as we all hoped for it to be. Two of the top teams of the East, with two of the best players in the league, went at it against each other the whole night. However, after 15 lead changes and 8 ties, it was Joel Embiid and co. who managed to grab a 3-point win over Milwaukee.
As expected, the Embiid-Giannis Antetokounmpo duel was exciting with both players bringing their best game to the table. The2-time MVP stuffed the stat sheet with 32 points, 11 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals, and a block, however, the Greek Freak’s near triple-double performance was overshadowed by JoJo.
The Cameroonian 7-footer went on to drop 42 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists, and a steal, while shooting 66.7% from the field, 75% from beyond the arc, and an efficient +/- of +13.
Joel Embiid and Giannis battle it out for all 4 quarters as Embiid and the @sixers come out victorious in Milwaukee!
Joel Embiid: 42 PTS, 14 REB, 5 AST
Giannis Antetokounmpo: 32 PTS, 11 REB, 9 AST, 3 STL pic.twitter.com/ptD3mfBrRZ
— NBA (@NBA) February 18, 2022
NBA Twitter reacts to the Joel Embiid-Giannis Antetokounmpo duel
As soon as the Philly-Bucks clash got over, NBA Twitter erupted with reactions to the Joel-Giannis matchup.
42 on the head of the defending champ and DPOY frontrunner just days after unfortunate loss. All the pressure in the world on Embiid and he absolutely delivered. I think this MVP race is wraps. Look forward to the playoffs!
— Chase8D (@Chase8D) February 18, 2022
— Sam Hinkie’s Niece (@therealdannyra) February 18, 2022
Embiid owns Giannis
— EMVBIID (@Hurts_Szn_) February 18, 2022
What an MVP showdown:
Joel Embiid: 42-14-5
Giannis: 32-11-9 pic.twitter.com/vkHlmluUda
— NBA Memes (@NBAMemes) February 18, 2022
Seeing these two squads, led by their MVP caliber leaders, face off against each other late in the playoffs, will surely be one interesting matchup everyone will look forward to.