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Red-Hot Sixers Rust Pistons 114-78

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Red-Hot Sixers Rust Pistons 114-78

Simmons Was Aggressive

Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers showed often and early that they were set to continue their hot streak at the expense of the Detroit Pistons. Simmons continued to show the world why he was fourth in Eastern Conference guard voting with 210,085 votes. After a torrent start to the first quarter, which saw him score or assist on the first 5 field goals of the game, Simmons found himself with 15 points and 7 assists for the Sixers in the half. The LSU product quelled all former concerns in regard to his aggressiveness. He drove to the rack with purpose. Simmons told NBCSports’ sideline reporter, Molly Sullivan, that the key is “playing hard and being aggressive.” That line has to be music to Sixers’ Head Coach, Brett Brown’s, ears. Simmons went on to finish the game with 19 points, 9 assists and 4 rebounds, on 9-13 shooting.


Embiid V Drummond

Because of Simmons’ play and the one-sided nature of the matchup, the night’s biggest pregame storyline had to take a back seat. The first half provided fans with an ever-exciting big-man rebounding battle. After 24 minutes, the two giants pulled down 8 a piece. However, that would be the only equivalency between the two. Embiid matched Simmons’ 15 first-half points and went on to drop 23 points on the Detroit center. His points were efficient as he shot 56% from the floor.

Learning How to Hold Leads

A familiar theme attempted to show itself in response to the Sixers’ 30-plus advantage at the half. Detroit saw relative success early in the 3rd during a 7-0 run. For Philly, the 5th of January was a night for flipped scripts. They answered the run with sharp-shooting from deep by JJ Reddick and Robert Covington. The duo finished with 21 and 11 points, respectively.  Accuracy from deep and a monster-stuff by Ben Simmons (sorry, Avery Bradley), led the Sixers to their largest lead of the year at 40 points.

.500 And It Feels so Good.

Consequently, Detroit could not find success, as they shot a meager 38% and 31% from the field and three. Sixers’ television broadcaster, Alaa Abdelnaby, described the Pistons’ night with the humorous line, “Momma said there’d be nights like this.” Philly shot a superior 49% and 46% from those distances. The Pistons fell to 20-17 on the season as the Sixers return to .500, at 19-19. The victory brought the Sixers’ winning streak to four games.