Embiid, Sixers dominate 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, which lost its fourth in a row after starting the season with four consecutive victories.
The Pistons host the
Heat on Monday.
Embiid’s first-half numbers were astounding. He made 8 of 9 shots, including his only three-point attempt, and 15 of 17 freethrow attempts with eight rebounds and two blocks in 17 minutes in a one-sided duel with Detroit center Andre Drummond.
Drummond and Embiid have butted heads throughout their careers, including Oct. 23 in the Pistons’ 133-132 overtime victory.
Drummond was ejected in that game for receiving a second technical, ostensibly for making contact with Embiid’s head on a foul late in the fourth quarter.
However, the NBA rescinded the technical the next day and issued Embiid a warning for flopping. Embiid called out Drummond after the game, tell- ing reporters he “owned real estate” inside Drummond’s head.
The highly anticipated rematch was one-sided as Drummond was no match for the Philadelphia big man, going scoreless in four foul-plagued minutes in the opening half and finishing with eight points and nine rebounds in 21 minutes.
Embiid went right at Drummond early Saturday, drawing a foul just 1:24 in and then a second on Drummond 1:16 later. The Philadelphia big man held up two fingers after that one, letting everyone know Drummond had picked up his second, and Drummond exited to the bench for Zaza Pachulia.
Pachulia was no match for Embiid, either, drawing four fouls in 10 first-half minutes.
A Warriors 116, Timberwolves 99: Draymond Green is playing the best coach Steve Kerr has ever seen, doing all the little things on both ends to spark his team.
Stephen Curry’s shot is on from everywhere, while Kevin Durant is his usual efficient, dominant self.
The two-time defending NBA champions know they can be even better.
Durant had 33 points and 13 rebounds, Curry contributed 28 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and host Golden State beat Minnesota for its seventh consecutive win.