NBA: 76ers knock out Pistons for sixth straight win

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Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts during the first inning against the Detroit Pistons at Wells Fargo Center on December 21, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images/AFP

Joel Embiid had 22 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and four saves to lift the Philadelphia 76ers past the Detroit Pistons 113-93 Wednesday.

Tobias Harris added 17 points and James Harden contributed 15 points and eight assists for the Sixers, whose sixth straight win at home spanned seven games.

De’Anthony Melton scored 12, Georges Niang added 11 and Montrezl Harrell scored 10 for the Sixers, who continued without Tyrese Maxey (broken left leg). PJ Tucker pulls down 10 bounces.

Jaden Ivey leads the Pistons with 18 points, Killian Hayes adds 12 and Saddiq Bey has 11 points. Marvin Bagley III had 10 points and 10 rebounds and Bojan Bogdanovic scored 10 for the Pistons, who lost their fourth game in a row.

The Sixers took the lead 58-41 when Shake Milton hit a 3-pointer from the wing with 5:33 remaining in the second half.

After the Pistons were empty, Embiid scored to give them a 19-point advantage.

Hayes quickly makes a short jump, Ivey throws down a pitch and the Pistons close in 15.

The Sixers led 63-51 after halftime thanks largely to Embiid’s 14 points and Harden’s 12 points.

Detroit took just seven 3-pointers in the first half and made two.

Harris made a short spin jump in the lane, Harden followed with a reverse and the Sixers took a 75-57 lead with 7:58 left in the third inning. The Pistons scored the next five points before Harris received a pass from Milton and took a 15-point lead.

Detroit tightened defense and Ivey drove up to the basket and scored with 2:58 remaining to shorten the score to 83-74.

The Sixers then went on to run 9-0 to take an 18 lead.

Philadelphia led 92-78 at the end of the third half.

The game turned a bit sloppy in the first four minutes of the fourth inning as the Sixers led 17.

Melton then knocked down consecutive treys and Philadelphia took a 104-83 lead with 6:27 going through.


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