He put his blood, sweat, and body into beating the Knicks on Wednesday. He finished with a 26-point, 14-rebound double-double and went a perfect 6-of-6 at the free throw line while dishing out five assists. Even though he was the leading scorer of the night, it was a play that won't show up in the box score that was his most impactful. He threw himself at a loose ball, swatting it toward Ben Simmons for the score, and came up from the scramble, bleeding and celebrating.
Markelle Fultz and Embiid's head collided at the start of the second quarter and the big man went down. After heading to the locker room he was ruled out for the rest of the game. And then the Sixers lost their composure. Over the next 10 minutes the Sixers went from having a 16-point lead to trailing by one point — against the New York Knicks. Amir Johnson did not play because of flu-like symptoms so the Sixers had to use a lot more Richaun Holmes than they had planned on with Dario Saric and Ersan Ilaysova there for relief minutes. But the Sixers took a breather and were able to come back and create a double-digit lead in the third quarter.