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Em­biid scores 39 points as 76ers beat Pis­tons

Joel Em­biid scored 32 of his 39 points in a dom­i­nat­ing first half and had 17 re­bounds to lead the host Philadel­phia 76ers to a 109-99 vic­tory over the Detroit Pis­tons on Satur­day.

Em­biid made 10 of 18 field goals and 18 of 23 free throws to help Philadel­phia im­prove to 6-0 at home.

Blake Grif­fin had 38 points, 13 re­bounds and six as­sists to lead Detroit, Suns: A per­son fa­mil­iar with the ne­go­ti­a­tions said Tyson Chan­dler is get­ting his con­tract bought out by the Suns, and plans to sign with the Lak­ers once he clears waivers. Tim­ber­wolves: Jimmy But­ler might play in both of the Tim­ber­wolves’ back-to-back games on Sun­day in Port­land and Mon­day against the Clip­pers. Or he may play in one. Or per­haps none.

Ac­cord­ing to But­ler, whether he plays for the Wolves is de­pen­dent upon how his body feels, and the only one mak­ing the call on whether he plays is him. But­ler made that much clear af­ter Fri­day’s 116-99 loss to the War­riors when he held his first me­dia ses­sion since sit­ting out Wednes­day’s win over the Jazz with what coach Tom Thi­bodeau termed “gen­eral sore­ness.”

Rock­ets: James Har­den re­turned to the start­ing lineup against the Bulls af­ter miss­ing three games be­cause of a strained left ham­string.

Heat: Point guard Goran Dragic was out for the game at At­lanta due to pain in his right foot.

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