Getting little resistance and feeling confident in deploying his full array of offensive skills, Joel Embiid unleashed a crushing performance Saturday night, as he posted a playoff career-high 36 points in just 28 minutes to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 132-103 victory at the Washington Wizards.
He made 14 of 18 shots, with a stream of power moves, fadeaway jumpers and 3-pointers, as the 76ers took their first 3-0 lead in a postseason series since 1985.
The Wizards, who have matchup issues all across the floor against the bigger and deeper 76ers, didn’t double-team Embiid as aggressively as they did in Games 1 and 2 while looking to deploy attention elsewhere.
He is averaging 30.6 points on a relentless 67% shooting, including 55% on 3-pointers after making 3-of-4 in Game 3.
“It was one-on-one, and I wanted to take advantage of it. I guess that’s on them to make that choice,” Embiid said.
Ben Simmons, who had 14 points and nine assists, repeatedly set up teammates for 3-pointers, namely Embiid and Danny Green, who made five of them.