1) Joel Embiid makes MVP case leading 76ers past Antetokounmpo, Bucks
ESPN’s Tim Bontemps conducted a straw poll of potential MVP voters and found Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic in a near dead heat at the top, with Giannis Antetokounmpo a step back in third but within striking distance, then a big drop off to everyone else.
Thursday night, Joel Embiid made his case: 42 points, 14 rebounds and five assists leading the 76ers to a 123-120 win. Down the stretch, it was Embiid hitting the one-legged, Dirk-like fadeaway, and it was Embiid playing good defense on Antetokounmpo at points. Maxey had 16 first-half points, and was getting pointers from Harden.