All-Star centre and two-time league scoring champion Joel Embiid earned his first NBA MVP trophy on Tuesday night. The 29-year-old from Yaoundé, Cameroon, topped two-time winner Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets.
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Joel Embiid averaged 33.1 points winning his second straight scoring title. Jokic finished runner-up in the MVP voting, and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks was third.
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Embiid has been side lined with a sprained right knee that cost him one game of the playoff sweep against Brooklyn and the opening game of the Eastern Conference semi-finals against Boston, which was won by Philadelphia on Monday night.