But­ler de­liv­ers an­other big night for Six­ers

Windsor Star - - SPORTS -

Jimmy But­ler DETROIT scored 38 points and the Philadel­phia 76ers over­came Joel Em­biid’s ab­sence Fri­day night, ral­ly­ing from a 15-point third-quar­ter deficit to beat the Detroit Pis­tons 117-111. Blake Grif­fin had 31 points and 12 re­bounds for Detroit, but the Pis­tons squan­dered their big third-quar­ter lead, as well as a six-point ad­van­tage in the fourth.

The 76ers rested Em­biid, who missed his first game of the sea­son, 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 night, had 26 in the sec­ond half Fri­day. The Pis­tons led 71-56 in the third be­fore Philadel­phia went on a 22-5 run to take the lead. 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 ar­gu­ing a foul call. JJ Redick made the free throw and then added a three-pointer to put Philadel­phia ahead to stay. The 76ers then ran off an­other seven points in a row.

Grif­fin re­ceived a tech­ni­cal of his own in the last cou­ple min­utes of the game. Redick, Ben Sim­mons and Mike Mus­cala had 18 points apiece for the 76ers. Grif­fin made 17 free throws on 24 at­tempts, both ca­reer highs, while An­dre Drum­mond scored 21 points and Reg­gie Jack­son added 13 for the Pis­tons. Detroit was 1-for-13 from three-point range in the sec­ond half.

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