76ers lead wire to wire against Pistons

Joel Embiid scored 29 points on 11-of-13 shooting to lift the host Philadelphia 76ers to their season-best eighth consecutive victory, 118-104 over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday.Philadelphia’s Dwight Howard added 19 points and 14 rebounds. Howard (14,250 career rebounds) moved past Walt Bellamy (12,241) and into 11th place on the NBA’s all-time rebounding list.Tyrese Maxey scored 22 points, Tobias Harris added 18 and Danny Green had 11 for the Sixers (47-21), who moved closer to clinching the top seed for the Eastern Conference playoffs.Matisse Thybulle tied his career high with five steals for the Sixers, who never trailed in the game despite playing without Ben Simmons (back) and Seth Curry (rest).Jerami Grant and Saddiq Bey scored 14 points each for the Pistons (20-48). Mason Plumlee and Sekou Doumbouya added 12 apiece, Frank Jackson had 11, and Killian Hayes scored 10.The Sixers cruised to a 34-17 lead after the first quarter, but the Pistons didn’t wilt.Doumbouya hit consecutive baskets and Detroit pulled within 45-37 with 5:29 left in the second.Philadelphia then surged to a 56-43 lead at halftime thanks in large part to Embiid’s 18 points.Doumbouya paced the Pistons with 10 first-half points off the bench.

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