76ers run past Pistons
The Philadelphia 76ers held the Detroit Pistons to only 32 points in the first half and cruised to a 114-87 victory at the Wells Fargo Center in Eastern Pennsylvania.
Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons almost outscored the Pistons in the first half alone, as the duo finished at the break with 26 points compared to the visitors total of 32 points.
Embiid led the way for the 76ers overall, as the 23-year old center from Yaounde, Cameroon scored a game high 23 points while pulling down nine rebounds to fall just short of a double-double for the game.
The 76ers are slowly bouncing out of their slump they were in around mid-December, as the hosts are currently on a four game winning streak and are back to a .500 record for the season.
Philadelphia is tied with the Indiana Pacers for the eighth place in the Eastern Conference, with fifth through 12th within six games of each other.
Simmons also just missed out on a double-double for the contest, as the 21-year old point guard from Fitzroy, Australia finish the game with 19 points while dishing out nine assists and pulling down four rebounds.
The 76ers went on a 15-2 run to start the contest, with the Pistons digging a hole they were unable to climb out of.
The Pistons, seventh in the Conference a game and a half ahead of Philadelphia, will now head back to Detroit to square off with the Houston Rockets on Saturday before starting a three-game road swing through New Orleans, Brooklyn and Chicago.
Meanwhile the 76ers, 21/10 to win the Eastern Conference, have five days off before hosting the Boston Celtics next Thursday.
Boston are 20/1 to win the East, with the Cleveland Cavaliers 11/5 to retain their status as kingpins.
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