71 But­ler’s pol­ish

Sunday Herald Sun - - Sport -

JIMMY But­ler scored 38 points and Aus­tralian wun­derkind Ben Sim­mons shot 18 as the Philadel­phia 76ers over­came Joel Em­biid’s ab­sence against the Detroit Pis­tons, ral­ly­ing from a 15-point thirdquar­ter deficit to win 117-111.

Blake Grif­fin had 31 points and 12 re­bounds for Detroit in Fri­day’s NBA clash but the Pis­tons squan­dered their big third-term lead as well as a six­point ad­van­tage in the fourth.

The 76ers rested Em­biid, but Detroit couldn’t take ad­van­tage of the big man’s ab­sence. But­ler, who also scored 38 points in a loss at Toronto on Wed­nes­day, had 26 in the sec­ond half on Fri­day.

Point guard Sim­mons had 14 re­bounds and six as­sists while JJ Redick bagged 18 points and five as­sists.

Detroit was up 98-92 in the fourth but the 76ers went on a 16-2 tear to take con­trol.

The Pis­tons were up 100-97 when Detroit coach Dwane Casey re­ceived a tech­ni­cal foul af­ter ar­gu­ing a foul call.

Redick made the free throw and then added a three-pointer to put Philadel­phia ahead for good.

The 76ers then rat­tled off an­other seven points in a row.

In Mil­wau­kee, Golden State was too classy for Aussie Thon Maker’s Bucks, win­ning 105-95.

War­riors guards Steph Curry and Klay Thomp­son equal top­scored with 20 points apiece, while star Bucks for­ward Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo led the hosts with 22 points.

Maker scored just one two­pointer.

D’An­gelo Rus­sell scored 29 points, in­clud­ing six in over­time, and the Brook­lyn Nets snapped an eight-game los­ing streak by up­set­ting the East­ern Con­fer­ence leader Toronto Rap­tors 106-105.

In­di­ana Pac­ers cruised to an easy 112-90 win over Or­lando Magic, Char­lotte Hor­nets snapped a three-game los­ing streak with a 113-107 vic­tory over Den­ver Nuggets, and Sacra­mento Kings rolled Cleve­land Cava­liers 129-110.

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