Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Curry, Maxi take a 76-run lead with Pistons, 109-98

DETROIT (AP) — Seth Curry scored 23 points, Tyrese Maxi scored 20 and the short-handed Philadelphia 76ers beat the Detroit Pistons 109-98 on Thursday night.

Joel Embiid had 19 points and nine rebounds for Philadelphia. Shaik Milton scored 16 points.

Playing for the second night in a row, the Sixers used only eight players. Furkan Korkamaz (wrist) sat out, while former Pistons forward Tobias Harris was sidelined due to COVID-19 protocols.

Jeremy Grant scored 27 for the Pistons, but only five in the second half. Cade Cunningham had 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Detroit got 22 points from Grant en route to a 66-63 halftime lead. Curry had 18.

Cunningham saved 7:20 in the third to beat the shot clock from center-court logo, his first make after missing his first 18 career 3-point attempts.

Maxi had nine points in the third quarter as the 76ers took an 86–82 lead. The pistons shot 27.3% (6 for 22) off the floor in this period. Philadelphia led 97–82 with 8:13 to play, but Cunningham hit four free throws as the Pistons cut the deficit to 97–89.

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Embiid ended the run with a short jumper, and the Sixers converted two turnovers into easy baskets to leave it 103-89 with 5:46.


Sixers: C Andre Drummond, who played his first 591 NBA game with the Pistons, was criticized every time he touched the ball. … Embiid’s three first-half rebounds cost him 3,000 in his NBA career.

Pistons: Olinic stole the ball from Drummond and made a 27-foot strike on the buzzer to give Detroit a 32-31 lead at the end of the first quarter. … PG Killian Hayes left the game with a left thumb injury, but returned for the final 6:29.


Sixers: Visit the Chicago Bulls on Saturday.

Pistons: Host the Brooklyn Nets on Friday.

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