By the numbers: Joel Embiid (70 points), Karl-Anthony Towns (62) combine for historic scoring night



Joel Embiid and Karl-Anthony Towns made a bunch of history on Monday night. Embiid scored a career and franchise high 70 points in the 76ers’ win over the Spurs, and Towns followed that with 62 points — also a career and franchise high — in the Timberwolves’ loss to the Hornets. 

  • Embiid’s final line: 70 points, 18 rebounds, five assists, 24-for-41 shooting, 1 of 2 from 3-point land, 21 of 23 from the free-throw line. 
  • Towns’ final line: 62 points, eight rebounds, two assists, seven turnovers, 21-of-35 shooting, 10 of 15 from 3, and 10 of 14 from the free-throw line. 

Here’s a look at how the night breaks down by the numbers. 

1

Embiid is the one and only player to score 70 points in a Sixers uniform, supplanting Wilt Chamberlain’s previous franchise high of 68. Chamberlain previously set the record Dec. 16, 1967. 

Towns was already the only player in Timberwolves history to score 60 in a game, and now, obviously, his 62 is the new franchise record. The highest single-game total for a Timberwolves player not named Towns is the 52 points Mo Williams put up in 2015. 

2

Towns joins Chamberlain as the second center in history to record multiple 60-point games. Chamberlain did it a hilarious 32 times. Towns’ previous career and franchise high was 60 against the Spurs in 2022. 

Towns is also the second player in history to record 60 points and 10 made 3-pointers in the same game, joining Damian Lillard, who did it twice (71 with 13 3s vs. Houston last season, and 61 with 11 3s vs. the Warriors in 2020). 

3

Towns now has the three highest-scoring games in Timberwolves history: 62 on Monday, 60, as mentioned above, in 2022 against the Spurs, and 56 in 2018 against the Hawks. 

Towns is also the third player to commit at least seven turnovers in a 60-point game, joining Kemba Walker (9) and David Robinson (8). 

4

The number of times in NBA history that two players have surpassed 60 points on the same night. 

5

Embiid’s five assists on Monday set him apart from any other player in history. Two guys have gone for at least 70 points and 18 rebounds (Wilt Chamberlain did it five times, and Elgin Baylor, who went for 71 and 25 in 1960, once), but Chamberlain’s assist high was two and Baylor only carded one dime. 

Lower the standard to 65 points and 15 rebounds, and Michael Jordan is the only other player to put up five assists with those first two numbers. 

6

Number of games Embiid can miss over the remainder of the season and still remain eligible to win MVP. The new rule is a 65-game minimum. That means you can miss 17 games and still be eligible. Embiid has already missed 11. The Sixers have 40 games left. 

7

Number of players who have recorded multiple 60-point games in their career: Wilt Chamberlain (32) Kobe Bryant (6) Damian Lillard (5) Michael Jordan (4) James Harden (4) Elgin Baylor (3), and now Towns (2). 

Number of players to reach 70 points in an NBA game: Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, David Robinson, David Thompson, Kobe Bryant, Devin Booker, Donovan Mitchell, Damian Lillard, and now Joel Embiid. 

10

Towns is the first player in NBA history to record at least 10 made 2-pointers, 10 made 3-pointers and 10 made free throws in a single game. He is also the first center in history to make at least 10 3-pointers in a game. 

18

Remarkably, Monday night marked the 18-year anniversary of Kobe Bryant’s 81-point game against the Raptors on January 22, 2006. Embiid and Towns certainly did the late legend proud. 

21

Minnesota became the 21st team in history to lose a game in which one of its players scored at least 60 points. It happened to Wilt Chamberlain 11 times. Michael Jordan twice. And one time each to Gervin, Bernard King, David Thompson, Devin Booker, Kemba Walker, Bradley Beal, Damian Lillard and now Towns. 

44

Towns now holds the NBA record (play-by-play era, dating back to 1997) for first-half points with 44, two more than the 42 that Kobe Bryant scored in 2003 against Michael Jordan’s Wizards (he wound up with 55 total). 

All told, five players have scored at least 40 points in a first half: Towns, Bryant, Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard (41) and Klay Thompson (40). 

Open it up to either half, and Towns is fourth all-time behind Bryant (55), Booker (51) and Brandon Jennings (45), all of whom did their work in the second half. 

59

Embiid’s previous career high, which came against the Jazz in 2022. Embiid had 59 by the end of the third quarter on Monday. 





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