Maybe Joel Embiid really is in Andre Drummond’s head. The Philadelphia 76ers big man absolutely dominated Drummond and the Detroit Pistons on Saturday, scoring 39 points and pulling down 17 rebounds in the 109-99 win.
It became pretty clear Embiid was on a mission in the first half. By the time the first half ended, Embiid had already racked up 32 points on just nine shots. He managed to sink 15-of-17 free-throw attempts. Embiid’s 32 points marked a career-high in one half.
Drummond, on the other hand, had a half to forget.
At the half:
Drummond 0 points 1 rebound
Embiid 32 points 8 rebounds pic.twitter.com/0esJhBCExO
— Adam Mares (@Adam_Mares) November 3, 2018
In the second half, Embiid decided to focus on his defensive game. He only scored seven more points, finishing the night at 39, but he cleaned up on the glass. Embiid pulled down nine of his 17 rebounds during the second half.
Drummond was better in the second half. He finished the game with eight points and nine rebounds.
Embiid’s big night comes just a week after he and Drummond got into it off the court. Following the Pistons’ 133-132 win on Oct. 23, Embiid told reporters he believed he owned “real estate” in Drummond’s head. Drummond, who got ejected from that contest, laughed it off and said he was happy to get a win.
A day later, Drummond called Embiid “fat” and “outta shape” in a post on Instagram. He also said he locked Embiid down during that game.
Embiid refused to let the rivalry die Saturday, reviving his previous comments about being in Drummond’s head.
Joel Embiid maintains that he owns real estate in Andre Drummond’s head 🤭pic.twitter.com/YxegWj5PnU
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) November 3, 2018
He kept it up on Instagram after the win, too.
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A post shared by Joel “The Process” Embiid (@joelembiid) on Nov 3, 2018 at 2:16pm PDT
The entire saga may have provided Embiid with some extra motivation Saturady. He didn’t look fat and out of shape when he was dropping 39 points and grabbing 17 rebounds against Drummond and the Pistons.
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