No Joel Embiid, regardless of: Jimmy Butler dominates


DETROIT — The Philadelphia 76ers gave their standout middle an evening off, fell behind by 15 factors on the street — after which got here again to beat the Detroit Pistons anyway.

“This was our greatest win of the yr beneath these circumstances,” coach Brett Brown stated.

Jimmy Butler scored 38 factors, and the 76ers overcame Joel Embiid’s absence Friday night time, rallying from a large third-quarter deficit to beat the Pistons 117-111. Blake Griffin had 31 factors and 12 rebounds for Detroit, however the Pistons squandered their 15-point third-quarter lead, in addition to a six-point benefit within the fourth.

The 76ers rested Embiid, who missed his first sport of the season, however Detroit couldn’t reap the benefits of the large man’s absence. Butler, who additionally scored 38 factors in a loss at Toronto on Wednesday night time, had 26 within the second half Friday, but it surely was Philadelphia’s fourth-quarter protection that stood out.

Blake Griffin, who scored 31 points, goes up for a layup.
Blake Griffin, who scored 31 factors, goes up for a layup.Getty Photos

Detroit shot 9 of 26 from the sphere within the fourth. The Pistons tried 33 free throws within the first three quarters, however they took solely 4 within the ultimate interval as Philadelphia defended the rim impressively.

“Protection is all the time going to win video games,” Butler stated. “Particularly late within the yr, which is what we wish to find yourself taking part in.”

The Pistons led 71-56 within the third earlier than Philadelphia went on a 22-5 run to take the lead. Detroit was up 98-92 within the fourth, however the 76ers went on a 16-2 tear to take management.

The Pistons have been up 100-97 when Detroit coach Dwane Casey obtained a technical foul arguing a foul name. JJ Redick made the free throw, after which added a 3-pointer to place Philadelphia forward to remain. The 76ers then ran off one other seven factors in a row.

Griffin obtained a technical of his personal within the final couple minutes of the sport.

Philadelphia had 30 factors off 18 Detroit turnovers.

“I like our guys’ effort. I like our guys’ struggle,” Casey stated. “They’re scratching and clawing however you must care for the ball. In the event you flip the ball over in opposition to any crew within the NBA, you’re not going to outlive very lengthy.”

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