The 76ers tried to rest theirs in the fourth quarter. Embiid had 39 points and 13 rebounds and Philadelphia beat Brooklyn 123-117 on Wednesday night in an anticipated matchup that fizzled with the Nets missing their biggest stars.
In the night’s other games, Luka Doncic and Stephen Curry dragged their teams to victory.
If Embiid can remain healthy and the 76ers finish No. 1 by season's end, the 27-year-old will walk away with the Maurice Podoloff trophy.