EMBIID-LESS SIXERS RALLY PAST PISTONS; SPURS, WARRIORS UP
DETROIT— The Philadelphia 76ers gave their standout center a night off, fell behind by 15 points on the road—and then came back to beat the Detroit Pistons anyway.
“This was our best win of the year under those circumstances,” coach Brett Brown said.
Jimmy Butler scored 38 points, and the 76ers overcame Joel Embiid’s absence Friday night by rallying from a sizable third-quarter deficit to beat the Pistons 117-111.
Blake Griffin had 31 points and 12 rebounds for Detroit, but the Pistons squandered their 15-point 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 to Toronto on Wednesday night, had 26 in the second half Friday, but it was Philadelphia’s fourth-quarter defense that stood out.
In San Antonio, DeMar DeRozan finished with 36 points and nine assists and the San Antonio Spurs had eight players score in double figures in a 133120 come-from-behind victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
LeBron James finished with 35 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds for Los Angeles.
San Antonio got 14 points each from Patty Mills and Jakob Poeltl off the bench, and Davis Bertans added 13 points. The Spurs’ bench outscored the Lakers’ 52-26 in winning the season series 3-1.
Kyle Kuzma added 27 points and Lonzo Ball had 13 points and 11 assists for the Lakers.
Los Angeles led by as many as 15 points but was outscored 32-13 early in the fourth quarter and fell behind 121-114.
In Milwaukee, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry each scored 20 points, and the Golden State Warriors wrapped up a five-game trip with their third straight win, beating the Milwaukee Bucks 105-95.
Andre Iguodala added a season-high 15 points for Golden State, which pulled away in the second half with another hot stretch from the 3-point line. The Warriors went 6-of-9 from beyond the arc in a six-minute stretch that started with Curry’s triple with three minutes left in the third quarter to build an 11-point lead.
Curry and Thompson were each 4-of-9 from three-point range.
Jimmy Butler dives for the loose ball.