Joel Embiid set a new franchise record for the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night, dropping 70 points against the San Antonio Spurs in a 133–123 victory.
Ahead of the game, basketball fans were already salivating at the potential of the first matchup between Embiid and rookie sensation Victor Wembanyama.
While Wembanyama had a fine day himself—33 points and seven rebounds—Embiid was simply overwhelming through the entire game, dropping 24 points in the first quarter and not slowing down.
In the fourth quarter with the game relatively in hand, the 76ers continued to feed Embiid as he pursued the franchise record of 68 points, held by Wilt Chamberlain. The home crowd booed when other players on the 76ers got a shot up.
Eventually, Embiid hit his mark, tying Chamberlain with a pair of made free throws and breaking it with a coast-to-coast bucket to close out his night.
Embiid’s 70-point night came on the anniversary of Kobe Bryant’s famous 81-point night in 2006. He’s the ninth player in NBA history to hit 70 points in a game, joining Chamberlain and Bryant, as well as David Thompson, Damian Lilliard, Donovan Mitchell, David Robinson, Elgin Baylor, and Devin Booker.