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NBA world reacts to season-saving performance from Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers

May 14, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) dribbles the ball against the Orlando Magic during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia 76ers star center Joel Embiid found out that he finished second in the NBA MVP voting immediately ahead of his team’s Game 2 outing against the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference Semifinals Tuesday evening.

Embiid was questionable heading into the game due to a torn meniscus he’s dealing with in his left knee. Obviously, the All-Star was not going to miss said outing after Philadelphia dropped Game 1 despite him scoring 39 points.

In what was a must-win game for Embiid and his Sixers at home Tuesday evening, one of the best centers of the modern era more than stepped up. Philadelphia turned a two-point halftime lead into a blowout 118-102 victory, largely due to Embiid’s otherworldly performance.

The NBA MVP runner-up scored a playoff career-high 40 points on 13-of-25 shooting while grabbing 13 rebounds in a virtuoso overall performance en route to helping even he series a one heading to Atlanta for Game 3.

It was a much-needed performance for Joel Embiid with fellow “star” Ben Simmons scoring just four points on 2-of-3 shooting in yet another ugly offensive outing for the point forward. Those watching the game at home had their reactions.

NBA world reacts to dominating Game 2 performance from Joel Embiid