Jarrett Allen on Joel Embiid: “Arguably one of the top three big men in the league if not the best”

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Jarrett Allen had an impressive outing against Joel Embiid in Thursday’s night game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers.

Allen talked about the Nets-Sixers rivalry and him playing against Joel Embiid. The Nets were able to secure the victory over the top team of the East despite not having Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant at their disposal.

(per Brian Lewis of NY Post):

“I think honestly, there’s some little fire going on up there,” Allen said. “Even looking at the fans, I feel like they think the same thing, too. We play them like eight times a year, so obviously we’re gonna start trying to go back and forth at each other.

But it’s just all good competition. We love going at each other and Jared Dudley really sparked it all. In terms of playing against Joel, I like it.

It’s a real challenge for me, arguably one of the top three big men in the league if not the best. … I want to go out there, prove my worth. Come to this game and I held my ground.”

Allen had 15 points and 11 rebounds playing a huge role in limiting Embiid in Nets’ 109-122 win over the Sixers. Embiid had 20 points and 12 rebounds in 30 minutes of playing time.

With the win against Philadelphia, Brooklyn improved to 5-4, while the Sixers dropped to 7-2 with their five-game winning streak coming to an end.