Shortly after Jamal Murray became the first player in NBA history to score 50 points without shooting a free throw, Joel Embiid finished off a remarkable 50-point performance of his own.

The Philadelphia 76ers’ center reached a career-high 50 points on 17-of-26 shooting from the field (1-of-2 on threes) and 15-of-17 shooting at the charity stripe in a 112-105 win over the Chicago Bulls. He also grabbed 17 rebounds, had five assists, and blocked four shots. And he did all of this in 35 minutes played.

It was a truly dominant performance that left Chicago’s frontcourt looking helpless, and two of the offensive plays were particularly incredible.

With under 40 seconds to go in the first half, Embiid played the role of point guard, and went right through the Chicago defense for a layup, which he was fouled on. Oh, and he dropped a Euro Step on ’em. This is a 7’0″, 280-pound human being:

And in the final minute of the fourth quarter, Embiid supplied a dagger with an absurd stepback baseline jumper. This gave him 49 points at the time, which tied a career-high:

Embiid was already having an MVP-level season, and now he’s just taking things to another level. He entered the night fourth in the NBA in scoring (29.7), tied for 11th in rebounding (10.8), tied for 18th in blocks (1.2), and second in Player Efficiency Rating (30.82; his previous career-best was 26.1).

Those numbers will also see a boost after Friday night’s amazing performance. And what’s he leading the Sixers to do is a huge thing too, of course. Philadelphia is now 20-10, 1.5 games ahead of the Brooklyn Nets for the best record in the Eastern Conference.

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