EM­BIID-LESS SIX­ERS RALLY PAST PIS­TONS; SPURS, WAR­RIORS UP

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - SPORTS - —AP

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.

—AP

Jimmy But­ler dives for the loose ball.

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