Joel Embiid says he's 'unguardable' after erupting for career-high 50 points


Sixers star Joel Embiid took his season-long dominance to a new level on Friday night.

Embiid stuffed the stat sheet against the Chicago Bulls, pouring in a career-high 50 points to go along with 17 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 4 blocks in 35 minutes of action.

The former Kansas Jayhawk committed just 2 turnovers, and was efficient with his opportunities, sinking 17 of his 26 shot attempts. He also feasted at the free-throw line, making 15 of his staggering 17 attempts.

The 26-year-old superstar's performance left his own teammates in awe, including veteran forward Tobias Harris, who predicted that playing alongside Embiid would one day be his claim to fame.

"I'll tell my kids one day I played with Joel Embiid," Harris told reporters after the game, per Tim Bontemps of ESPN. "When they'll ask me who is the best player I ever played with, I'll say Joel Embiid. It's an honor to be out there with him on the floor."

Embiid, whose play has put him in the early discussion for MVP, was at his best on a night when the Sixers were without their other superstar, Ben Simmons, for a second consecutive game.

Embiid essentially put the team on his back in Simmons' absence, with Harris being the only other Philly player with more than 13 points.

The former third overall draft pick displayed his offensive versatility en route to his 50 points, and was characteristically confident when he told reporters after the game that he's virtually unstoppable on the offensive end right now.

"That's what makes me unguardable," Embiid said of his skill set. "If you're going to crowd me, I'm going to find my way to the free throw line or I'm going to end up at the basket. If you back up on me, I've got the hesi -- that hesitation shot -- and my favorite, just pull-up shot. Just an easy shot I always get in the post."

Embiid credited the Sixers' offseason roster tweaks for helping him find his groove this season, as well as his renewed determination to improve after the disappointments of recent seasons.

"It just feels like the game has slowed down for me," Embiid said.