Sixers top Pistons for 12th straight win behind Ben Simmons, JJ Redick

Tyler Owen
April 8, 2018

"The spirit of the city, we saw it with the Eagles, we're feeling it with Villanova", 76ers coach Brett Brown said. With that, he said that his squad was going to be tested by a team battling for their playoff lives.

The Pistons saw their five-game winning streak snapped and were officially eliminated from playoff contention. The Wizards and Bucks locked up the final two postseason berths when the Pistons lost 115-108 to the 76ers Wednesday.

The Sixers were 49.4 percent (44-89) from the field, 43.3 percent (13-30) from 3-point land, and 73.7 percent (14-19) from the foul line. Philadelphia also collected 11 steals and forced 17 Detroit turnovers, scoring 26 points off them.

In the process, the Sixers extended their winning streak to 12 games.

Tolliver kept the Pistons in it with a 3-pointer - part of his eight straight Pistons points - but Redick had another 3-pointer amid the spurt and the margin was down to 10.

During Simmons' one-and-done season at LSU in 2015-16, he shot 56 percent from the floor but a awful 31 percent on jump shots, ranking him 5,054th out of 6,873 college players taking at least as many jump shot attempts that season per Synergy Sports. The Nets, coming off of a loss against the Detroit Pistons, were looking to take a win against Philly to even the season series.

Sixers guard Ben Simmons seems to have the rookie of the year award nailed down. Robert Covington (12 points) and reserve Richaun Holmes (11 points) were the Sixers' other double-digit scorers, Amir Johnson had nine points and 10 rebounds.

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Pistons: Andre Drummond had 13 points and 15 rebounds.

Philadelphia 76ers' Markelle Fultz drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets' DeMarre Carroll. They went on to outscore the Nets 32-22 in the period to take a 93-71 advantage into the fourth. He scored 13 of his points on 5-for-6 shooting in the quarter.

With Redick leading the way, the Sixers opened up a 19-point cushion in the second quarter. Center Joel Embiid (face) is out until late April.

Embiid had surgery on Saturday after suffering an orbital fracture in his left eye in Wednesday's 118-101 win over the Knicks.

The 76ers power forward has been sidelined since Sunday with cellulitis, a bacterial infection, in his right elbow.

As the National Basketball Association playoffs loom, Friday sees a potential Eastern Conference later-round series preview as the Philadelphia 76ers host the Cleveland Cavaliers at 7 p.m. ET.

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