Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid lift Sixers over Detroit Pistons in 114-110 victory
In typical Sixers fashion, this game was far closer than it needed to be. On the second half of a back to back the 76ers pulled off a 114-110 win over the Detroit Pistons. Ben Simmons had the best game of his season, looking like his usual self, finishing with 20 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists.
Joel Embiid, playing his first back to back this season, looked fantastic once again, scoring 33 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. Tonight was Joel’s 50th career game where he had 30 points and ten rebounds. Detroit had no answer to stop Embiid and were forced to foul him consistently. Mason Plumlee fouled out in only 19 minutes, and backup center Isaiah Stewart and former Sixer Jerami Grant combined nine fouls. Joel and Ben went to the line for a total of 29 free throw attempts.
The rest of the 76ers did not have their best night. The Sixers bench had a total of only 23 points and could not keep up with Detroit. Hopefully, this was just the side effect of a tired group having a quick turnaround, but this cannot continue.
For Detroit, their bench was the main reason they stayed in this game, scoring 55 points. It was a group effort for Detroit with no player scoring over 17 points tonight.
These two play once again on Monday night. Philadelphia remains first in the east with an 11-5 record, while Detroit is now 3-12. You could see some Sixers rest on Monday with their biggest game of the season against the Los Angeles Lakers being on Wednesday.
Mandatory Credit: Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press