Em­biid, Six­ers dom­i­nate Pistons

Miami Herald (Sunday) - - Nba - From Mi­ami Her­ald Wire Ser­vices

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.

LATE FRI­DAY

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.

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