Joel Embiid takes rivalry with Andre Drummond to next level after dominant first half

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.

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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.

He kept it up on Instagram after the win, too.

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.

Joel Embiid had fun going at Andre Drummond on Saturday. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
Joel Embiid had fun going at Andre Drummond on Saturday. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

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