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Amid an Impressive Start to the Season, Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey Create History by Joining the Legendary Lakers Duo

Published 11/27/2023, 12:10 PM EST

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The Philadelphia 76ers are witnessing an impressive run this season, thanks to the dynamic offensive duo of Tyrese Maxey and Joel Embiid. That’s been the team’s focal point. Philly is currently ranked number 2 in the Atlantic division at 11-5. The two have been a nightmare for opposing defense, scoring at will from anywhere on the court. The pick and roll of Maxey-Embiid is still unpredictable and working almost in every game. Embiid is a force in the paint, while Maxey is a threatening point guard who can score at will. They are also both excellent shooters from the three-point range. 

This pair has been leading the team as championship contenders. Their scoring ability together this season drew comparisons to the legendary Lakers duo. 

Embiid and Maxey create history

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Maxey and Embiid have each scored at least 25 points in the same game nine times this season. Something that’s a testament to their synergy, who can even deliver under pressure. The only duo in NBA history to produce more such games through their first 16 games of a season has been Elgin Baylor and Jerry West, who achieved this twice in 1961-62 and 1962-63

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The most dynamic duo currently in the NBA is creating their own legacy. Embiid is unstoppable with his size and size and Maxey’s speed on the court adds a new dimension to the overall offense. Their pick-and-roll strategy puts them in the top three offenses of the league right now. 

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Embiid-Maxey consistently putting up numbers

Joel narrowly missed another triple-double with 35 points, 11 rebounds, and 9 assists, in a 127-123 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Maxey scored 28 points. Embiid’s performance so far in the season has solidified his name in the MVP race. He is averaging 32.1 PPG, 11.3 RPG, and 6.3 APG this season. Maxey is scoring his career-best average of 26.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 6.8 assists per game.

Harden trade changed everything for him and put on a 50-point career-high basketball clinic. Maxey is right now the perfect co-star of Embiid. After his historic night, Maxey said of Embiid that perfectly describes Philly’s locker-room confidence on the trophy. “I think Joel wanted me to get 50 more than [I] did,” Maxey said.

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They are set to unleash their offensive firepower in a showdown against the Los Angeles Lakers tonight.

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Chetan Kumar

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Chetan is an NBA Writer at EssentiallySports. His commitment to staying abreast with basketball highlights and the ever-changing statistics is unwavering. An element highlighted in his coverage, which includes pre-game analysis, understanding fan’s sentiments, and capturing the essence of behind-the-scenes coverage for entities.
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Saumya Khanduja