Embiid hailed as 'MVP' and 'big-time player' after snatching dramatic win over Portland
Joel Embiid was hailed as the "MVP" and "big-time player" after holding his nerve to snatch a last-gasp victory for the Philadelphia 76ers over the Portland Trail Blazers.
Embiid landed the decisive basket with 1.1 seconds to go at Wells Fargo Center on Friday, securing a 120-119 triumph.
There were chants of 'MVP' from the crowd for the six-time NBA All-Star, who scored 39 points as the Sixers rallied from 21 points down in the first half to take their record for the season to 44-22.
James Harden, who finished with 19 points, said of his team-mate Embiid's game-winning moment: "Something that he works on every day. That's why he's MVP of the league this year."
Portland star Damian Lillard felt the Trail Blazers gave a great account of themselves and doffed his cap to Embiid.
"It was a good performance," Lillard said. "We played really well on both ends of the floor. The game felt good, just how we played on both sides.
"We were on a string defensively. Our presence on the ball. Our presence in the paint, and we gave ourselves a really good chance to win the game.
"They just made a big-time shot from a big-time player."
Philadelphia have won five of their six games this month and sit third in the Eastern Conference.
Head coach Doc Rivers: "It wasn't our night until 1.1 seconds, when you think about it. We stayed at it. We were looking for everything and just couldn't get going, man. We looked like we were in mud in the first half on both ends.
"That's a hell of a win for us because we didn't have a lot, and you could see it."
A 34-point haul for Anfernee Simons was in vain for the Trail Blazers, who slipped to 31-36.