Joel Embiid and James Harden of the Sixers on track to make NBA history

WASHINGTON — Joel Embiid and James Harden have a chance to do something that hasn’t been done in 41 seasons.

While it’s still early days, Embiid is on his way to earning his second straight win. score title. And Harden, his teammate on the 76ers, has a great chance to win her second assist title. The first came in 2017 with the Houston Rockets.

A pair of teammates haven’t won those titles in the same season since 1982 when the San Antonio Spurs’ George Gervin won the scoring title and Johnny Moore led the league in assists per game.

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Embiid has an average of best league 33.1 pointsjust ahead of Dallas Mavericks point guard Luka Dončić, the second leading scorer in the league at 32.8 points per game.

harden is the not official assist leader with an average of 11.1. However, he is not among the leaders because he has only played in 56.5% of the Sixers’ games. A player has to compete in at least 70% of their team’s games to be officially eligible for an individual statistical title.

Harden recently missed 14 games with a strained tendon in his right foot. He will play in 70.7% of the Sixers’ 82 games if he doesn’t miss more than 10 of the remaining 50 games.

After taking time to fit in, Harden and Embiid have become a dominant tandem. His ability to not just coexist, but thrive, is one of the main reasons the Sixers (20-12) make a decision eight game winning streak in Tuesday night’s game against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena.

“We only know how to play, we only know what to do,” Embiid said. “I think the most important thing we have improved on is timing. He’s such a good playmaker that he just finds me and sees the plays that not everyone else can see.

“So I think the timing has been great and just playing with each other and [if] we see something that works, we keep coming back to it.”

One has to assume that Harden will be the favorite to capture the assist title if he stays healthy. But right now, officially, Indiana Pacers point guard Tyrese Haliburton (10.5 apg) is listed as the NBA leader, followed by Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young (9.9 apg).

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No player has compared to Harden when it comes to consistently racking up lopsided numbers in terms of assists this season. He has compiled the two highest assist totals in a single game and has accounted for four of the first seven.

He finished with a career-high and NBA season-high 21 assists against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, while his 17 against the Wizards on Oct. 31 are the second-most this season. The 16-cent Harden dished out against the Charlotte Hornets on Dec. 11 is tied for third this season with point guard Chris Paul and the Phoenix Suns’ Young. Harden also had 15 against the Sacramento Kings on December 13, tied for the fourth-highest individual pass of the season.

Meanwhile, Embiid has been the best offensive player in the league.

He and Phoenix Suns guard Devon Booker are the only NBA players with multiple 50-point performances this season. Embiid scored a career-high and NBA season-high 59 points against the Utah Jazz on November 13. His 53 points against the Hornets on Dec. 11 were the fourth most scored by a player this season.

Embiid has scored at least 30 points in 16 of the 24 games he has played.

Tuesday’s matchup will mark the Sixers’ third game against Washington (13-21). they defeated the magicians118-111, on October 31 here before losing 121-111, two days later at the Wells Fargo Center. Embiid missed both games with a non-COVID-19 illness.

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