Embiid scores 40 as Sixers rebound in Game 2 win, 116-102
Joel Embiid finished behind the Nuggets' Nikola Jokic for the NBA MVP Award this season. 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 in his left knee. Obviously, the All-Star was not going to miss Tuesday night's game 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 night, 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 runnerup 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 Philly even the series at one heading to Atlanta for Game 3.

It was a much-needed performance for 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.

This article first appeared on Sportsnaut and was syndicated with permission.

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