‘I’m not a quitter’: Sixers star Joel Embiid drops 50 points in Game 3 win against Knicks after being diagnosed with Bell’s palsy | CNN


joel embiid led him philadelphia 76ers Team inspired 125-114 Game 3 win new York KnicksDespite confirming after the game that he was being treated for a mild case of Bell’s palsy.

The reigning NBA MVP scored one Playoff career-high Scored 50 points with eight rebounds and four assists in a crucial win, putting the 76ers on the board for the first time in this opening round series.

It was a historically efficient shooting night for Embiid, who went 13-of-19 from the floor, 5-of-7 from deep and 19-of-21 from the free throw line. It was the first time in league playoff history that a player scored 50 points on fewer than 20 field goal attempts, According to the NBA,

Embiid explained after the game that he began suffering from Bell’s palsy symptoms “a day or two before” Philadelphia’s play-in tournament game against the Miami Heat on April 17.

“I had a really bad migraine and I thought it was nothing,” he told reporters, “It’s very annoying, you know, on the left side of my face, with my mouth and my eye. So yes, it’s been tough.

“But I am not going to give up, so I have to keep fighting. But yes, it is unfortunate. That’s how I see it. But this is not an excuse. Have to keep pushing.”

Bell’s palsy It is a condition that causes sudden weakness in the facial muscles. Due to this, half of the face may appear tilted, the smile may be one-sided and the affected eye may be prevented from closing.

The condition is usually temporary, but Embiid said he did not have a timetable for his recovery, adding that it “could take weeks, could even take months.”

He also said that it was affecting his vision and that he was putting drops in his eyes to keep them from getting too dry, although he still managed to smile about the situation.

“I got a beautiful face. “I don’t like it when my mouth looks the other way,” the Cameroon-born superstar said.

Embiid was involved in one moment of controversy in the first quarter after being knocked to the floor during a defense. He reached up and grabbed the leg of opposing center Mitchell Robinson, who was injured while playing. Seen leaving the field in walking boots,

Embiid was whistled for a flagrant 1st foul and insisted after the game that the incident was not intentional, although the New York Guard Donte DiVincenzo insisted That it was a “dirty” play.

The second-seeded Knicks won the first two games of this Eastern Conference series, leaving the Sixers needing a big effort in Game 3 in front of their home fans. After the Knicks emerged from halftime with a slim three-point advantage, Embiid scored 18 points in a crucial third quarter and knocked down all four of his triples as Philly outscored New York by 16 in the quarter.

Point guard Tyrese Maxey — who was named the NBA’s Most Improved Player on Wednesday — added 25 points for the Sixers, while Kelly Oubre Jr. added 15 points. The Knicks were led by All-Star Jalen Brunson, who scored 39 points and made 13 assists. Helps. Josh Hart also scored 20 runs for New York, but it was not enough to cross the line as the visiting team was lagging behind, but they still hold a 2-1 lead in the series.

Lakers risk sweep, Magic reach win column

On Thursday night, the defending champion Denver Nuggets handled the Los Angeles Lakers on the road, defeating LeBron James and Co. 112-105 to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the series.

This matchup is so far reminiscent of the 2023 Western Conference Finals, in which Denver swept the Lakers 4-0. No team in NBA history has won a playoff series after going 0-3, so it appears that LA has an insurmountable task on its hands.

The Nuggets were led by Aaron Gordon with 29 points and three other players scored at least 20 points. The starters filled the stat sheet, with Gordon, Michael Porter Jr. and two-time MVP Nikola Jokic all grabbing double-digit rebounds. His 20+ point hauls.

Anthony Davis had 33 points and 15 boards while James and Austin Reaves scored 26 and 22 points, respectively, in the loss and will be hoping to at least extend the series with a win in Game 4 on Saturday.

Jokic battles Davis in a duel between two star big men.

In the East, the Orlando Magic won a lopsided Game 3 against the Cleveland Cavaliers to get their first win of the series. Led by 2022-23 Rookie of the Year Paolo Banchero, who had 31 points and 14 rebounds, the Magic defeated the Cavs 121-83.

Cleveland holds a 2-1 series lead, but must overcome Thursday’s disappointment, in which the star backcourt duo of Darius Garland and Donovan Mitchell was held to a combined 18 points.