Sixers win 12th straight to pull even with Cavaliers for third in East

The Philadelphia 76ers are rolling right along
without Joel Embiid. J.J. Redick scored 25 points, and the 76ers won
their 12th straight game, eliminating Detroit from playoff contention with a 115-108 victory
over the Pistons on Wednesday night. Embiid missed a fourth straight game because
of a concussion and orbital fracture. “Everyone in this room has stepped up since
Joel went down, and we know we’re capable of winning games without him,” guard Ben Simmons
said. “We told him to get ready for the playoffs
and that we’ll take care of everything else. Now we’re showing that we can do that.” The Pistons had their five-game winning streak
snapped, and their defeat clinched a postseason spot for the Milwaukee Bucks. The Eastern Conference playoff field is now
set, although there’s still plenty of uncertainty over the actual matchups. Philadelphia pulled even with Cleveland for
third place in the East. Anthony Tolliver scored 25 points for the
Pistons and went 7-of-8 from 3-point range. Detroit was without star forward Blake Griffin,
who missed his fourth straight game because of a bruised right ankle. Embiid had surgery last weekend to repair
a broken bone around his left eye. The 76ers could certainly use him, but so
far, they’ve gone right on winning. Redick scored 13 points in the first quarter
Wednesday, and backup big man Richaun Holmes had back-to-back dunks to give Philadelphia
an 18-17 advantage. An alley-oop to Holmes put the 76ers up 36-28
after one. The lead reached 19 in the second quarter. Philadelphia was up 65-49 at halftime, and
the margin didn’t reach single digits again until the waning moments of the fourth. Detroit did manage to snap Philadelphia’s
streak of nine straight double-digit wins. Redick finished 10-of-13 from the field and
5-of-7 from beyond the arc . “They’ve got two of the best guys in the entire
league moving without the ball, with Redick and (Marco) Belinelli,” Pistons coach Stan
Van Gundy said. “They tore us up tonight.” TIP-INS: 76ers — Philadelphia was without
F Dario Saric (right elbow cellulitis). F Robert Covington was shaken up in the third
quarter after taking an elbow to the cheek from Detroit’s Reggie Jackson. Covington was able to finish the game, however. … Belinelli scored 19 points and Simmons
had 16. Pistons — Andre Drummond had 13 points and
15 rebounds. UP NEXT: 76ers host Cleveland on Friday night. Pistons host the Dallas Mavericks on Friday
night. Thank you for watching!

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