But­ler, 76ers rally with­out Em­biid, beat Pis­tons

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - SPORTS -

DETROIT >> Jimmy But­ler 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 3-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.

Coach Brett Brown says he thinks reast­ing Em­biid was the right move for the long run.

Em­biid was drafted in 2014 but has only played 120 NBA games be­cause of in­jury prob­lems. He shot 5 of 17 from the field in a loss at Toronto on Wed­nes­day night.

The 76ers were also with­out Markelle Fultz (tho­racic out­let syn­drome), Justin Pat­ton (right foot surgery) and Zhaire Smith (left foot frac­ture).

Detroit was miss­ing Reg­gie Bul­lock (left an­kle sprain) and Ish Smith (right ad­duc­tor tear), and Stan­ley John­son (sore left knee) was a late scratch Fri­day.

NEW YORK >> D’An­gelo Rus­sell scored 29 points, in­clud­ing six in over­time, and the Brook­lyn Nets snapped an eight-game los­ing streak by beat­ing the Toronto Rap­tors 106-105.

Brook­lyn picked the most un­likely way to end its skid, snap­ping a 12game slide against Toronto with its first vic­tory over the Rap­tors since April 3, 2015.

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