Luka Doncic And Joel Embiid Battle For NBA Scoring Title In Final Week

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Luka Doncic and Joel Embiid battle for NBA scoring title in final week

The National Basketball Association (NBA) will crown a player from outside the United States as its scoring champion for the second time.

This will be the second occasion in a row that spans the same number of years.

Joel Embiid, born in Cameroon, is on the verge of becoming a back-to-back scoring champion with the Philadelphia 76ers. Yet, he and Dallas’ Luka Doncic might take that race to the wire.

Embiid created some breathing room for himself on Sunday when he scored 28 points in the 76ers’ loss to the Bucks, while Doncic, who is from Slovenia, scored 28 points in the Mavericks’ overtime loss to the Hawks. Embiid’s performance allowed him to open up some space between himself and Doncic.

Through 64 games, Embiid has scored 2,110 points, an average of 32.97 points per game. Doncic has scored 2,096 points also in 64 games; this results in an average of 32.75 points scored each round.

In the remaining games, Philadelphia has four, while Dallas has three. Due to the fact that the men’s Division I championship game was being played on Monday, the National Basketball Association (NBA) decided to take the day off.

Damian Lillard of Portland is now in third place in the scoring race, averaging 32.2 points per game. Because the Trail Blazers are no longer running for the playoffs, they have decided to bench him for the rest of the regular season. As a result, he will finish with that average.

Even if Joel Embiid and Luka Doncic both play in a game and are held scoreless, their averages still wouldn’t drop below Damian Lillard’s; even while it’s technically possible for Lillard to leap ahead Embiid and Doncic, it’s extremely unlikely.

This may be the most tightly scored race in more than a decade. Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City won the scoring title in 2011-12, edging out Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers by 0.17 points per game. Durant averaged 28.03 points per game, while Bryant averaged 27.86. This was the last time the scoring title was decided by less than a half-point per game.

Embiid defeated Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee to become the first recognized international scoring champion. He led the league in points per game last season and was the first player to do so. A scoring title was also won by Dominique Wilkins, who was born in France but played for the United States of America and is regarded as an American player.

(It is important to point out that Embiid finished the previous season with an average of 30.6 points per game, just a hair higher than LeBron James’ 30.3 points per game. Nevertheless, James did not officially qualify for the NBA leaderboard because he did not appear in enough games.)