Embiid scored 42 points to win the reigning NBA champs, before teaming up with Harden for the title?

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The previous game, the Philadelphia 76ers held their first news conference for rookie James Harden and gave him the role of “bell ringer” in the pregame ceremony.But then they were beaten at home by the Celtics by 48 points, both in terms of record and morale.The Sixers don’t have much time to lick their wounds, as they head to Milwaukee for a day off against the defending NBA champion Bucks.Embiid will lead the matchup because harden has a leg injury and the team plans to wait until after the All-Star break to play him.Plus, it was the 76ers’ last game before the all-star break, so Embiid was hoping for a win to start his trip to the all-star break.Just before the game, an American media outlet released the results of its latest “straw poll” for this season’s MVP.The outlet also polled 100 credentialjournalists for a regular MVP vote on the players’ current performance.Mr Embiid received 45 first-round votes, giving him 789 points;Jokic, last season’s MVP, received 43 first-round votes in the straw poll for a total of 754 points.Two of the best big men in the league today, rounding out the top two MVP mock votes.After the two, the third player is Embiid’s opponent in this game, Bucks core Antetokounmpo.Embiid’s streak of 23 consecutive 25-point games ended in a blowout loss to the Boston celtics.But the center didn’t have to stay down for long, as in the game against the Bucks and his head-to-head matchup with Giannis Antetokounmpo, he immediately started a new scoring streak.He finished with a game-high 42 points on 14-of-21 shooting, 3-of-4 from 3-point range and 11-of-14 from the free throw line.He also had 14 rebounds and five assists — three basic stats, all team single-game highs.”With the all-star break being pushed back, teams have to hit their stride after the break,” Sixers coach Doc Rivers said of his team’s recent situation. “It’s long since stopped being the midpoint of the season, a vacation you can enjoy.It requires that when you come back, you have to sprint.”And Embiid in this game against the Bucks, apparently has entered this “sprint” state.The Bucks don’t have a true match for Embiid on their roster as center Lopez Lopez has been sidelined with a lower back injury.The bucks’ strategy was to play portis on guard and Antetokounmpo on guard.That strategy might work against conventional centers, but against embiid, who is both skilled and physical, the Bucks are more likely to be left to their fate on the defensive end.On one play with about eight minutes left in the first quarter, Embiid caught a pass at the top of the arc, faked a three-point play and threw Portis, who was guarding him, into the air.After just two moves, embiid was in the middle of the Bucks’ 3-second zone, taking a step to the left and then accelerating to the right of antetokounmpo.Despite giannis antetokounmpo’s top talent, Embiid found him for a layup.With a gentle wrist twitch, the ball drops effortlessly into the basket.The pattern and intensity of the offense speaks volumes about Embiid’s form and determination.”The start of the game is very important,” Embiid said. “And this game, from the beginning, we all played very aggressively.”It was that attitude that allowed the Sixers to build a lead early in the second quarter, and at one point in the third quarter, the lead stretched to 15 points.But the Bucks are the defending NBA champions, and they’re already a solid team.Although Middleton was off his game, making just six of 20 shots, giannis antetokounmpo and Holiday led a late-game comeback and rallied against the Sixers midway through the fourth quarter.It was Embiid who helped the Sixers open the door when it mattered.Embiid backed Portis with 2:33 left, but instead of driving to the basket, he used Nowitzki’s trademark “golden Chicken independent” jumper.With the ball firmly in play, the Sixers regained the advantage, leading the Bucks 117-116.Coupled with solid clutch performances from role players like Harris and Niang, the Sixers were able to leave Philadelphia happy with a three-point victory.It was embiid’s ninth 40-point, 10-rebound game of the season against the Bucks.In the past 30 years of NBA history, only two players have had more 40+10 games in a season than Embiid.They were Westbrook (12) in 2016-17 and Harden (10) in 2018-19.With about a third of the regular season still to play, it shouldn’t be hard for Embiid to continue climbing the list.While embiid’s 25-point streak has been snapped, he still has a chance to write a lot of legends this season.Embiid, for his part, doesn’t seem to take personal gains and losses too seriously.In an on-court interview after the win over the Bucks, Embiid was already looking ahead to what his team could produce after the All-Star break when Harden returns to the lineup.”I remember he used to come up with ‘Scary hours,’ and I’m going to come up with ‘Scary Miuntes,'” Embiid said. “We’re going to be on the floor together for 48 minutes.One of the things I’m really excited about is that we’re finally going to have a fully healthy team.I will continue to do what I have been doing and I am sure my teammates will follow my lead.All of us can’t wait to see what we can accomplish.”When Harden played for the Nets, he used to post the phrase “horrible hours” on social media after some of his best games.Now that Embiid can lead a team to defeat the defending champs without his new teammates, it’s only fitting that he should be the one to cry out “terrible minutes.”It remains to be seen whether Embiid and Harden will be able to scare opponents when they both appear on the court after the All-Star break.